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President Biden's dogs move into the White House

Meet the Biden family's 'Major': The first rescue dog to grace the White House

The first dogs have entered the White House -- the Bidens' two German shepherds, Champ and Major, officially joined the primary family in their new residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday.

First Lady Jill Biden's press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN:

The First Family wanted to urge settled before bringing the dogs right down to Washington from Delaware. Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireside , and Major loved running around on the South Lawn.

The Bidens' dogs occupation marks a return to a longstanding tradition of Presidents and their families bringing their pets with them to the White House. Former President Donald Trump and his family didn't have any pets for the four years they lived within the White House.

Champ has been with the Biden family for quite 10 years -- since December 2008, weeks after Biden became Barack Obama's vice president-elect. Major, a shelter dog, joined the Biden family more recently. He was adopted in November 2018, months before Biden announced he would run president within the 2020 election cycle.