Meet the newest Biden: German shepherd puppy arrives at the White House | US News


President Joe Biden has welcomed new puppy to the White House, named Commander.

Mr Biden shared a photo on Monday on his official Twitter account with a caption that said: “Welcome to the White House, Commander.”

He also shared a brief video of him tossing a ball to Commander and walking the dog into the White House.

The puppy looks like a German shepherd, the breed of Mr Biden’s other two dogs.

Commander was a gift to him from his family, according to CNN, which first reported on the puppy’s arrival after it was seen scampering around the White House South Lawn on Monday.

Mr Biden brought his other dogs to the White House shortly after he took office in January.

One of them, Champ, died in June at age 13.

Major, who was much younger than Champ, was involved in several biting incidents during his relatively short tenure at the executive mansion and was returned to Mr Biden’s home in Delaware.

Mr Biden’s wife, Jill, had said in April that a cat would soon be joining the family at the White House, but one has not yet shown up or been announced.

Mr Biden follows a long list of presidents who had pets live with them at the White House.

During his 2008 campaign, Barack Obama promised his daughters, Sasha and Malia, a dog after the election whether he won or lost.

Barack Obama presents the first family's new Portuguese Water Dog puppy, Bo, on the South Lawn in 2009
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Barack Obama presents the first family’s new Portuguese Water Dog puppy, Bo, on the South Lawn in 2009

Bo, a male Portuguese Water Dog, joined the Obama family at the White House in April 2009 followed by Sunny, a female Portuguese Water Dog, who arrived in August 2013.

President Theodore Roosevelt had many pets including Skip, a short-legged Black and Tan mongrel terrier.

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev gave First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy a dog named Pushinka, which means “fluffy” in Russian. She was the daughter of Strelka, the first Russian dog in space and among several dogs the Kennedys had.

The Clintons bought a chocolate Labrador puppy named Buddy to the White House in 1997.

President Clinton tries to get his dog Buddy to give back the ball as they play a game of fetch on the White House South Lawn in 1998
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President Clinton tries to get his dog Buddy to give back the ball as they play a game of fetch on the White House South Lawn in 1998

George W. Bush also had some White House dogs, including one named Spot, one named Miss Beazley, and his Scottish terrier Barney.

Barney became a webcam star, by wandering around the White House at Christmas with a tiny camera on his collar recording the building from his point of view.

US President George W. Bush carries his pet dogs Barney (front) and Miss Beazley off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force base near Washington
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George W. Bush carries his pet dogs Barney (front) and Miss Beazley off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force base near Washington in 2006
Spot, the dog of U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady, Laura, sleeps on the brand-new rug inside the Oval Office of the White House
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Spot pictured sleeping on the brand-new rug inside the Oval Office of the White House

Donald Trump did not have any pets during his time in the White House.



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