But what I can tell you, as a dog lover I know you are is that Major and Champ are part of the Bidens family. Theyre members of the family, she said. They often go to Delaware when the first lady is traveling. And theyre adjusting to their new home.

Psaki added: I just know that theyre beloved members of the family and, of course, of the White House family, too.

The roughly 13-year-old Champ, the elder of the two dogs, joined the family in 2008 shortly after Joe Biden was elected vice president. Biden selected the puppy from a breeder in Chester County, Pa., and the dogs name derives from an encouraging comment often offered by Bidens late father: Get up, champ.

Biden adopted the 3-year-old Major from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018 after fostering him as a puppy. Major is the first shelter dog to occupy the White House, and he and Champ could often be seen playing on the executive mansions lawn in recent weeks. They have also appeared alongside Biden in the Oval Office.