Champ was joined with Major, who was adopted from a Delaware Humane Association in 2018. The two became inseparable with Major keeping Champ on his toes. They were featured in the 2020 Christmas video message from the Bidens showing the contrast between the energetic Major and the elderly and stoic Champ.
The arrival of the two German Shepherds in the White House revived the tradition of First Families owning pets. During the presidential campaign of 2020, Champ and Major were seen in advertisements with the Bidens in sharp contrast to Donald Trump who never owned any pets.
Nearly all US Presidents owned pets during their tenure in the White House with Theodore Roosevelt having the highest number of pets and the Kennedys who similarly owned two German Shepherds.
In his last days, White House reporters noted the graying appearance and how unenergetic the pet had looked. President Biden wrote, “Even as Champ’s strength waned in his last months when we came into the room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub. We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always.”