Joe Biden's Dog Champ, "Cherished Companion" For 13 Years, Dies

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have announced the death of'beloved family dog Champ

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have announced the death of'beloved family dog Champ

Both canines returned to the White House in March after they were briefly sent to the Bidens' home in DE after Major nipped a Secret Service agent's hand.

The White House will be a little quieter when the Bidens return from DE to Washington, D.C., after the passing of their beloved German shepherd, Champ Biden.

The couple said the dog's strength had waned in his final months and that he passed away peacefully at home. The Biden granddaughters chose the name Champ, which was a childhood nickname of the president: His father famously used to encourage him by saying, "Champ, when you get knocked down, get up!"

Major was adopted in 2018 and is the first rescue dog to live in the White House.

"Wherever we were, he wanted to be, and everything was instantly better when he was next to us", they said.

Previously they said, he loved racing to catch their grandchildren as they ran around their backyard in DE, and chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory.

Major has drawn headlines for his bad behavior in the past. They purchased the German shepherd puppy from a Chester County, Pa., breeder.

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The Bidens are spending the weekend at their home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Major returned to the White House in April after being sent to an off-site training so he could adjust to life in the White House.

"They have to take the elevator, they're not used to that, and they have to go out on the South Lawn with lots of people watching them".

Jill Biden's press secretary, Michael LaRosa, said that Major received some extra training while in DE to help him get adjusted to his new surroundings.

Champ was one of two German shepherds owned by the Biden family.

The Bidens had prepared Champ for a life in the spotlight, enlisting a DE trainer, Mark Tobin, to teach him how to handle the plane rides, noises and crowds that a then-second dog might encounter.

The First Lady also paid tribute to the pet, tweeting: "RIP to our sweet, good boy, Champ".

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