Bidens announce death of ‘beloved’ German Shepherd Champ

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The Bidens' announced Saturday that their "beloved" German Shepherd Champ has died. He was also a favourite with the Bidens' grandchildren.

Champ lived with the Bidens when the current president served as vice president and spent his days, "chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory".

Joe Biden's German shepherd Champ passed away on June 19Credit: GettyWhat happened to Joe Biden's dog Champ?

Major and Champ were taken home to DE at one point, and Major went through training after the younger dog had two separate biting incidents at the White House and an unknown dog appeared to have pooed in a White House hallway.

On March 8 it was reported that the two dogs were moved to Biden's home in DE after Major allegedly had a "biting incident" with a White House security member. The family adopted him eight months later.

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 starred in a Christmas video greeting from the Bidens, and were the subject of a children's book, "Champ and Major: First Dogs". He caused Mr Biden to suffer a foot injury in November, after the then president-elect tripped over the younger dog while they were playing.

The incident took place on the White House South Lawn and involved a National Park Service employee, CNN reports. "So that's what I've been obsessed with, getting everybody settled and calm", she said.

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.

Champ was a puppy during Biden's tenure as vice president under the Obama administration.

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.

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

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