The Bidens Enlarge Their Family With a New Dog Just For Christmas

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(CNN) – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have expanded their pet family with a new dog, the first lady’s spokesman told CNN.

The cub was seen playing on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. According to two sources familiar with the Bidens’ new pet, the dog appears to be a German Shepherd or similar breed.


The cub is called “Commander” (which translates to “Commander”) and was a gift from the president’s family to him, a source close to CNN told CNN.

For his part, Michael LaRosa, Jill Biden’s press secretary, confirmed the news of a new puppy in the family. “Yes. There is (a puppy),” LaRosa said.

Biden’s other dogs

Champ, the Bidens’ beloved German Shepherd dog, died in June at the age of 13. Their other German Shepherd, one they rescued and named Major, has been living primarily in Wilmington, Delaware, after several aggressive incidents involving White House staff.

In March, Major bit two people: a Secret Service member and a National Park Service worker.

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In April, the White House announced that Major would be coming to Wilmington for extensive training that would help him adjust to life in the White House. Sightings of the dog in the Bidens’ White House have been rare since. However, a dog fence was erected around the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, on the southeast side.

Where is the cat?

The Bidens have also promised to add a cat to the White House family of animals.

In April, Jill Biden said in an interview that a cat is “waiting behind the scenes.” Two people familiar with the situation have told CNN that the cat is with acquaintances until the best time is found for her to move into the White House. And that date has not yet been set, but “it is expected to be soon.”