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Bidens announce their dog Champ has died

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Ginger Lawrence | 20 June, 2021, 03:38

Champ, one of the two family dogs of Joe Biden, has died, the US President announced on Saturday. He was also a favourite with the Bidens' grandchildren.

Previously they said, he loved racing to catch their grandchildren as they ran around their backyard in DE, and chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory. They purchased the German shepherd puppy from a Chester County, Pa., breeder.

Champ was bought from a breeder as a puppy shortly after the 2008 election and spent his early years at the Naval Observatory, the U.S. vice president's residence, during Mr Biden's eight years in the role.

The Bidens are spending the weekend at their home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Champ's passing leaves the Bidens with their younger German shepherd, Major, who was adopted from the Delaware Humane Society by the Bidens in 2018.

Major and Champ were taken home to DE at one point, and Major went through training after the younger dog had two separate biting incidents at the White House and an unknown dog appeared to have pooed in a White House hallway.

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The Bidens could occasionally be seen walking their two dogs on the White House South Lawn, and the dogs sometimes would join the president on trips to Camp David or visits home to Delaware.

However, on March 29, Major was reportedly involved in another biting incident that required medical attention. They starred in a Christmas video greeting from the Bidens, and were the subject of a children's book, "Champ and Major: First Dogs".

He had also lived in Washington when Mr Biden was vice-president.

The First Lady described being "obsessed" with getting the dogs settled into life at the White House after the inauguration in January.

It is unclear if the Bidens will get a second dog to keep Major company.

President Biden pets the Biden family dog Champ in the Oval Office in February. "I will miss him", President Biden wrote on Twitter. The First Lady revealed in April that the couple have a female cat "waiting in the wings".