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Champ in 2021
Breed German Shepherd
Sex Male
Born (2008-11-11)November 11, 2008
Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died June 19, 2021(2021-06-19) (aged 12)
Wilmington, Delaware
Known for United States presidential and vice presidential pet
Term January 20, 2021 – June 19, 2021
Owner Biden family
Appearance Tan with black saddle

Champ (November 11, 2008 – June 19, 2021) was a German Shepherd owned by Joe Biden's family. He joined them in living at the White House in 2021. Champ was the older of the two German Shepherds the Bidens owned at the start of his presidency (with their younger German Shepherd being Major).


Biden promised his wife he would purchase a dog after the 2008 presidential election irrespective of whether he and Barack Obama won or lost the race. Jill Biden taped different pictures of dogs on seats of Biden's campaign plane for him to see. He purchased the dog as a puppy from a breeder in Pennsylvania, and it was named Champ (born November 11, 2008) by his granddaughters. Champ's name reminded Biden of advice given to him by his father, who said, "Any time you get knocked down, champ, get up!" Biden has an affinity for German shepherds, having trained them in the past. Biden would give children small plush toys of Champ during his vice presidency.

Champ lived at Number One Observatory Circle during Biden's tenure as vice president. On January 24, 2021, four days after Biden's inauguration as president, Champ and Major, the Bidens' younger German Shepherd, moved into the White House.

On June 19, 2021, the White House announced that Champ had died in Wilmington, Delaware. "In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion," the statement read. "We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always." According to the White House statement, Champ "passed away peacefully at home."

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