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Joe Biden’s German Shepherd, Champ, dies aged 13

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Champ, a 13-year-old German Shepherd, had been by Biden’s side while he served as Vice-President, and then as President of the USA. No doubt he leaves behind an immense emptiness.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 21/06/2021, 09:15

Dogs have been a part of White House history for over a century! Indeed, every serving US president in the past 100 years has owned a dog in the White House, every one that is, except Donald Trump. 

And Joe Biden is no exception! When he became Vice-President, he purchased a GSD – Champ. And when he started campaigning to become President, he adopted another – Major.


Rumours about Joe Biden’s dogs

Initially, there was some bad press about Biden purchasing Champ. Some animal welfare organisations criticized the politician for having bought a dog from a breeder instead of adopting one. 

But Biden had the perfect response to these criticisms: 9 years after buying Champ, he adopted Major from the Delaware Humane Association. Major is now the first rescue dog to have ever lived in the White House!

The two dogs apparently got along swimmingly, and young Major turned to wise old Champ to teach him all about being a “first dog”. While Major is a bit more boisterous and required some ongoing training, Champ was always well-behaved, calm, and dependable.

Learn more about German Shepherds!

Joe Biden’s dog passes away

Sadly, Champ passed away this weekend. The cause of his death has not been made public, but 13 is a very good age to reach for GSD’s, who notoriously suffer from hip dysplasia in their senior years. Champ passed away peacefully at home, and surrounded by his family. Dr. Jill Biden shared a heartfelt post to her Instagram talking of her beloved pet’s affection and sensitivity. She wrote:

“We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.”

Major, now 3-years-old, will have to assume first dog duties all on his own. Hopefully, Champ has taught him everything he needs to know.

RIP, Champ.