President Biden’s elder German Sheperd dog Champ has died aged 13. “Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German shepherd, Champ, passed away peacefully at home. He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” the president and first lady wrote in a statement. They also remembered that „in his younger days, he (Champ) was happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory or racing to catch our grandchildren as they ran around our backyard in Delaware. In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion.” Biden loves dogs. He has an affinity for German shepherds.
He promised his wife he would purchase a dog after the 2008 presidential election should Barack Obama manage to win the race. He purchased the dog as a puppy from a breeder in Pennsylvania. The other Biden’s dog is named Major. He joined several other dogs adopted by world leaders. On November 28, 2020 Biden fractured his foot while playing with Major. At the White House Major was involved in some bitting incidents. Champ and Major both appeared in advertisements for Biden in his 2020 presidential campaign. It’s to early to say if one day Champ will be replaced in Biden’s family.