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Bidens Welcome New Dog Named Commander

A new member has joined the White House family! President Joe Biden announced on Twitter Monday that he has a new puppy named Commander.

Bidens Welcome New Dog Named Commander

“Welcome to the White House, Commander,” Biden wrote on social media, along with a photo of the family's new dog. The new addition to the Biden family is a purebred German Shepherd who was born in September. She was a gift from Mr. Biden's brother and sister-in-law.

Commander's arrival marks the third time a dog will live in the White House since Biden began his role as commander in chief in Jan. 2021. The Bidens previously owned two German Shepherds, Champ and Major.

Major made headlines for incidents involving government staff. In March, Major was sent back to Delaware after he caused a “minor injury” to a U.S. Secret Service employee.

After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the White House said the Bidens decided to follow the experts' collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major to live in a quieter environment with family friends. This is not in reaction to any new or specific incident, but rather a decision reached after several months of deliberation as a family and discussions with experts, the White House said.