Commander Biden: introducing the First Puppy of the White House

Commander Biden
A gift from Joe Biden's brother
Biden's favorite dog died over the summer
Commander arrived at the White House just in time for Christmas
Bad luck with Major and Champ
Aggression issues
Major bit two people while at the White House
Major was sent to Wilmington for training in April
Major need to live in a calmer environment
Biden brought dogs back to the White House
Trump broke the White House pet tradition
Biden's pups: Major & Champ
Bo & Sunny: the Obama family's dogs
Bush & Barney
Clinton's best Buddy
George and Barbara Bush dog lovers
Reagan's dog Rex
Grits Carter - the naughty dog
The dog that took over the White House
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Yuki the singing dog
Pushinka - a spy dog?
Hoover and King Tut
Rob Roy: Calvin Coolidge's favorite pet
Laddie Boy: the most pampered presidential dog
Pete the trouble maker
Abraham Lincoln's Fido
Commander Biden

The pet family at White House is growing! According to the first lady's spokeswomen, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden recently got a pure-bred German Shepherd puppy.

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A gift from Joe Biden's brother

According to CNN, the puppy was observed on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. The first lady's press secretary Michael LaRosa has confirmed the news: "Yes. There is (a puppy). The puppy is named "Commander" and was a birthday gift to the President from his brother James Biden and sister-in-law Sara Biden."

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Biden's favorite dog died over the summer

A new puppy was most likely just what the President needed for his 79th birthday, particularly since Biden's favorite dog, his German Shepherd Champ, died this past June at the age of thirteen.

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Commander arrived at the White House just in time for Christmas

According to CNN, the newest addition, Commander, was born on September 1st and arrived at his new home at the White House on December 20th.

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Bad luck with Major and Champ

Sadly, the Bidens have been having a bought of bad luck with their beloved pets. Their other German Shepherd, a rescue dog they adopted named Major, has been forced to leave their company at the White House.

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Aggression issues

Major had several incidents of aggression with the White House staff, which resulted in him being moved to Wilmington, Delaware, to stay out of trouble.

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Major bit two people while at the White House

According to CNN, Major bit two individuals last March. One was a National Park Service employee and the other a member of the Secret Service.

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Major was sent to Wilmington for training in April

As a result, the Bidens sent Major to Wilmington for training in April, hoping that their beloved pooch could return to the White House to be with them. Sadly, it seems that he won't be able to return any time soon.

Photo: Instagram@champandmajorbidennofficial

Major need to live in a calmer environment

LaRosa further explained to CNN why the animal had to move to a different home: "After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the first family has decided to follow the experts' collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends."

Photo: Instagram@champandmajorbidennofficial

Biden brought dogs back to the White House

At the turn of the century, Baha Men sang 'Who Let The Dogs Out'. Well, in the White House, more than two decades later, it is Joe Biden who has let them out in his gardens. The 46th U.S. president has brought the dogs back to the White House.

Trump broke the White House pet tradition

The White House pooches are some of the most famous dogs in American history. Although Trump broke with the nearly 100-year tradition of having a pet dog while living in the White House, President Biden has brought his canine friends along with him to his new home.

Join us as we take a look at these renowned dogs over the years, click to take a look at some of our favorite four-legged friends who have called the White House home.

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Biden's pups: Major & Champ

President Biden had two beloved dogs, Major, pictured here on the left, and Champ, on the right. Sadly Champ past away recently, and Major is has had difficulty adjusting to his new home.

Bo & Sunny: the Obama family's dogs

When Obama ran for president, he promised his two young daughters that they could get a puppy if he won the elections. The president kept his word, and shortly after moving into the White House, Bo, a hypoallergenic Portuguese water dog, joined the family. The new pup must have been a great addition to the family because they later adopted another furry friend named Sunny.

In 2021, the Obamas announced with sadness that Bo had died of cancer. They were grateful that the dog had been able to spend much time with the family during the lockdown in 2020.

Bush & Barney

George W. Bush's furry friend became incredibly popular during his time at the White House. The Scottish Terrier had such a huge fan base that an official website was made just for him. Someone also came up with the idea of creating the "Barneycam" by tying a camera around Barney's neck to take videos of his daily life at the White House. Bush supporters loved these glimpses into the pooch's day-to-day, and the videos became surprisingly popular.

Clinton's best Buddy

During Bill Clinton's second term as president, the Clinton family welcomed a new pet into the White House to join their cat Socks. The family adopted a Labrador Retriever named Buddy, who was absolutely adorable. Unfortunately, Buddy and Socks the cat did not become the best of friends. The ex-president reportedly said, "I did better with the Palestinians and the Israelis than I've done with Socks and Buddy."

George and Barbara Bush dog lovers

George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush were well known for being dog lovers. Although the ex-president had many dogs over the years, it was a Springer Spaniel named Millie that won over Bush's heart and was his favorite. Millie had a litter of puppies, one of whom joined Bush's son, George W. Bush, at the White House during his time as president.

(Photo: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

Reagan's dog Rex

Ronald Reagan had a total of six different dogs during his time at the White House, but his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Rex was his favorite. Curiously, it was reported that the dog had a sixth sense, and every time the animal got close to the Lincoln Bedroom he would bark. Many believe that the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House is haunted. Perhaps the dog could sense the spirits of presidents from the past, or maybe he could see who the presidents of the future would be and got scared!

(Photo:https://www.presidentialpetmuseum.com)

Grits Carter - the naughty dog

Jimmy Carter and his family didn't have any dogs when they first moved to the White House. Carter's daughter Amy really wanted a pet, so her public school teacher gave her a Border-Collie mix puppy, which the family named Grits in honor of their southern heritage. The dog didn't always act in the manner that a first-dog should: reportedly, he often did his "business" on the White House carpets.

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The dog that took over the White House

The presidential pet of Gerald and Betty Ford was a Golden Retriever named Liberty. The 8-month-old puppy was a gift to Ford's daughter Susan. The ex-president spoke to the press often and fondly about the dog during his time in office. Ford claimed that the dog had taken over the White House, and there were many photos of Liberty with Ford in the Oval Office, playing on the lawn, and even swimming in the pool. Some say that when Ford wanted to get out of a conversation while at work in Oval Office, he would signal his beloved pet, and she would come over and distract the guests.

The "Checkers" speech

Richard Nixon had several dogs while living in the White House, but a Cocker Spaniel named Checkers was probably his most well-known pet. The dog was a gift from one of his supporters during his campaign for president, and Checkers became famous when Nixon delivered his “Checkers Speech” in September of 1952. The speech, which was aired on television, was Nixon’s response to accusations of the inappropriate use of campaign funds. What caught most Americans’ attention was when the former president stated that he would not be giving the dog back no matter what happened with the controversy.

(Photo: www.presidentialpetmuseum.com)

Yuki the singing dog

President Johnson had a total of six dogs while at the White House. One of his favorites was Yuki, which means "snow" in Japanese. The dog, a mixed-breed mutt, was found by Johnson's daughter at a Texas gas station. Yuki lived with Luci, Johnson's daughter, until the pooch won over the President on a visit to the White House. The pair were pretty much inseparable, and Johnson loved to sing with Yuki howling along with him.

(Photo: Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum/NARA)

Pushinka - a spy dog?

John F. Kennedy was the youngest president to take up residence at the White House. The Kennedy family had many pets and plenty of dogs. The most notable canine that the Kennedys had while at the White House was a mixed-breed named Pushinka.

Pushinka, which means "fluffy" in Russian, was a gift from the Soviet Union leader, Nikita Krushchev. The dog was the offspring of Strelka, one of the first dogs to survive going to space. As they were at the height of the Cold War, Pushinka was inspected upon arrival to the White House by the Secret Service. They needed to make sure the innocent-seeming pup wasn't a spy dog sent by the Russians.

Hoover and King Tut

The Hoovers had eight dogs during their time in the White House. King Tut became President Hoover's most well-known pet after he had been photographed together with the president. Herbert Hoover wasn't known as the most approachable president, and he used his dog King Tut to improve his image. A picture of Hoover and King Tut was published across America. The rebranding of the president worked, and the public saw him as less uptight, and more of a friendly dog-lover.

(Photo: Herbert E. French, via Library of Congress, Wikimedia)

Rob Roy: Calvin Coolidge's favorite pet

Calvin Coolidge's favorite pet was a white Collie named Rob Roy. He'd been gifted to him by Grace Coolidge in 1922, after she had seen collies performing in the circus and fallen in love with the breed. Rob Roy was known as a noble and stately dog that led Coolidge to the Oval Office each morning. The former president is said to have loved his dog so much that sometimes he even ordered his guests to hand over their food to the beloved pet.

(Photo: Howard Chandler Christy, via Whitehousehistory.org, Wikimedia)

Laddie Boy: the most pampered presidential dog

Warren G. Harding's Airdale Terrier was probably the most spoiled dog in White House history. He was the first presidential dog appear regularly in the press. Laddie had his own carved wooden seat to attend cabinet meetings, a portrait made of him, and lavish birthday parties for the dog and his furry friends. Laddie Boy was a loyal dog, and upon the president's death, he howled for three days straight.

(Photo: Library of Congress)

Pete the trouble maker

President Carter wasn't the only president to have a misbehaving dog at the White House. Teddy Roosevelt had a dog named Pete, who was a real trouble maker. Pete was a Boston Bull Terrier who was lacking in manners. On more than one occasion, the dog bit important guests visiting the White House. The most famous incident was when Pete bit French Ambassador Jules Jusserand's pants and caused them to rip. This caused political tension, and the French government even issued a formal complaint regarding the episode.

Abraham Lincoln's Fido

Abraham Lincoln's family dog Fido is the only dog on this list who did not reside in the White House. We felt we had to include him though, as the president's pup was so well-known that 'Fido' became a common way to refer to a dog. The reason that Fido didn't join the family at the White House was the dog's nerves. Fido didn't like crowds and loud noises. Lincoln felt the dog wouldn't adapt and had friends take him in and care for the animal during his time at the White House.

(Photo: F.W. Ingmire, via dreamdogsart.typepad.com, Wikimedia)

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