December 5, 2020

Biden set to resume White House’s long tradition of hosting pets

By haziqbinarif

Joe Biden in 2018 with his newly-adopted German shepherd Major. The president-elect is set to resume a tradition in January when he arrives in the White House with his two dogs.

Residents of the White House have had fur and feathers, claws and hooves, scales, stripes and prehensile tails.

Some were found on the property, many came with the new tenants, and others were delivered by foreign leaders. But for most of modern U.S. history, the president has had a pet.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to resume that tradition in January with his two German shepherds, Champ and Major, after President Donald Trump’s term ends as the first in decades without any pets living full time at the residence.

More often than not, presidential pets have been dogs and cats. But many less traditional pets have also lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., their quantity and variety depending on each administration, said Matthew Costello, a senior historian for the White House Historical Association.

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