President Joe Biden poses with first dogs Champ and Major in the Oval Office

The German shepherds are the first pets to take residence at the White House since Barack Obama's Portuguese water dogs, Sunny and Bo

President Joe Biden poses with the Biden family dogs Champ and Major Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The first dogs are making themselves at home. Official White House photographer Adam Schultz has shared a photo of President Joe Biden and his canine companions, Champ and Major, in the Oval Office.

The photo shows a smiling Biden posing with his two German shepherds, who have been part of his family for years.

Champ, the elder of the two, has been with the Bidens since 2008 and lived with them during their time as vice president and second lady.

Major is relatively new to the family as he was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association in November 2018. He is the first rescue dog to reside at the White House.

Another photo from the White House Flickr account showed Champ watching a meeting that Biden held with senior advisers on February 9.

They are the first pets in the White House since former president Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny.

Over the years, the White House has been home to dozens of dogs and other pets, but former president Donald Trump did not carry on that tradition, even at times going so far as to ridicule the idea.


While not a big part of their campaign strategy, the Biden team played to American dog lovers and promoted the idea of putting dogs back in the White House during the 2020 election.

Scroll through our gallery below to see other former presidential pets in the White House: