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Biden grandchildren name family's new dog Champ

The German shepherd was selected from a dog kennel in Chester County, Pa., earlier this month.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Vice president-elect Joe Biden's new German shepherd puppy has a name. Biden's granddaughters chose the name Champ. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander, says the girls revealed their choice as the family gathered on Christmas morning. She says when the vice president-elect was a child his father called him Champ. An election promiseJill Biden promised her hubby that if he and Obama won the election they would buy a dog.

Biden's pup, from Jolindy's German shepherd kennel in Spring City, will be trained and housebroken over the next several weeks and delivered after the inauguration.

Mark Tobin, who coordinates the K-9 division for police in Biden's home county of New Castle, Del., will do the training.

Apparently, Biden had Tobin scout out breeder Linda Brown beforehand. Brown said Tobin called her up, came to her house to check her out, and told her she had “beautiful dogs.” And, that’s pretty much how it all began.

Brown says the Vice President-elect will be relieved to find that Champ isn't a political beast.

The puppy he chose is "very even-tempered" she said, and will make a nice family dog.

Biden took some heat from animal rights activists for buying Champ from a breeder. He is planning to adopt a second pooch that will come from an animal shelter.

-- WCAU, NBC Philadelphia contributed to this report