Major, a German Shepard, running around in a grassy lawn.
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The Bidens’ family dogs, Major and Champ, have moved into the White House!

Both dogs are German shepherds. The Bidens fostered Major for the Delaware Humane Association and decided to adopt him in 2018. He is the first rescue dog to live in the White House. Champ has been with the family for more than 10 years and was named by the president’s granddaughters.

Not long after the dogs arrived, the White House said Champ was spending his time lounging in his dog bed by the fireplace while Major has been enjoying running around the South Lawn.

Major and Champ are the newest dogs in a long line of presidential pets. Donald Trump was the first president to not have a dog while serving as president since William McKinley, who died in office in 1901.

 White House Mascot Trivia:

• What types of pets did Abraham Lincoln have? Goats, dogs, cats & a turkey

• What was the name of the Coolidge family’s pet raccoon? Rebecca

The Obamas had Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny. George H.W. Bush was our 41st president and had a dog named Millie. She had puppies, one of whom, Spotty, moved into the White House with George W. Bush when he became the 43rd president!

While dogs are common companions for our presidents, they are certainly not the only pets to have INHABITED our country’s most famous house.

Theodore Roosevelt’s six kids had dogs, cats, snakes, birds, guinea pigs, a badger and more!

The Coolidge family had a raccoon who walked on a leash, and Woodrow Wilson kept a herd of sheep on the White House lawn during World War I. The sheep cut the lawn by eating the grass, and their wool was auctioned off to raise money for the American Red Cross.

There have been some pretty EXOTIC presidential pets as well, such as elephants and tiger cubs, that were presented as gifts from other world leaders. Fortunately, our modern presidents understand that wild animals are not meant to be kept as pets!

February 2021