- Joe Biden hired a lot of dog people — but not so many cat people — to work in his Cabinet.
- Biden’s own dogs, Major and Champ, have gotten all the press attention.
- But his Cabinet members are the proud owners of at least 10 dogs.
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President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is full of dog people. Cat people — not so much.
Biden’s two dogs, German shepherds Major and Champ, are the best-known dogs of the new administration. (Major caused minor scandals with two biting incidents; he’s reportedly gotten some additional training.)
Presidential pets recently grabbed the national spotlight again when former President Barack Obama announced that his dog, Bo, had died of cancer. Former Obama staffers and the public mourned the loss of the dog on social media.
Former President Donald Trump never had a pet in the White House — he said he didn’t have time for a dog — although former Vice President Mike Pence’s rabbit, Marlon Bundo, was famous among Pence’s friends and foes alike.
Even though Major and Champ are the Biden administration’s top dogs, they’re not alone.
Insider contacted all 23 members of Biden’s Cabinet to find out more about their furry (or feathered, or scaled) advisors. Biden’s Cabinet members are the proud owners of at least 10 dogs, Insider found.
Not every member of the Cabinet responded, but so far, not one has fessed up to being a cat owner.
Biden has promised he’ll bring a cat into the White House, too, but the first family hasn’t divulged details yet.
“It’ll be interesting to see if he can bring cat people and dog people together,” said Andrew Hager, historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, a nongovernmental organization that’s currently online.
Meet the dogs of Biden’s Cabinet: