President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have added to their pet family, the first lady's spokesperson told CNN. A new puppy, a pure-bred German Shepherd, was spotted Monday playing on the South Lawn of the White House. Michael LaRosa, Jill Biden's press secretary, confirmed the news of a new family puppy. "Yes. There is (a puppy)," LaRosa said. The puppy is named "Commander" and was a birthday gift to the President from his brother James Biden and sister-in-law Sara Biden, LaRosa told CNN. Biden celebrated his 79th birthday on November 20.
Commander was born on September 1 and arrived to the White House Monday afternoon. The Bidens' beloved German Shepherd, Champ, died in June at the age of 13. Their other German Shepherd, a rescue named Major, has been living mostly in Wilmington, Delaware, after a handful of aggressive incidents involving staff at the White House. LaRosa told CNN that Major will continue to live away from the White House.