Biden family dogs Champ and Major move into White House

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Biden family's two German shepherds moved into the White House over the weekend, marking the return of pets to the presidential residence.

First lady Jill Biden shared photos of the family's two dogs, Champ and Major, enjoying time on the White House lawn.

"The First Family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware. Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace and Major loved running around on the South Lawn," Biden's press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN.

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Champ has been with the Biden family since December 2008, weeks after President Joe Biden was elected to serve as Barack Obama's vice president.

Major will become the first shelter dog to live in the White House and was adopted by the Biden's in November 2018.

Biden told reporters in 2008 that he has a history of earning German shepherds.

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"I've always had a big dog my whole life since I was a kid, big German shepherds and Great Danes and Labs and golden retrievers," he said.

Former President Donald Trump was the first president in a century to not bring a pet to the White House, stating that it would not be an authentic representation of himself.

"How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn ?" he said to a crowd in 2018. "That's not the relationship I have with my people."

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