Biden’s dog bites again at White House
Published: 01:03 PM, 31 March 2021 Updated: 10:57 AM, 1 April 2021
Biden adopted Major as a puppy from Delaware Humane Association in 2018. Photo:Collected
Major, the dog of US President Joe Biden, has nipped again, just days after returning from training in Delaware for a biting incident at the White House earlier this month.
A spokesman for First Lady Jill Biden said that "out of an abundance of caution" the individual who was bitten was seen by the White House medical unit before returning to work.
Major is the younger of the Bidens' two German Shepherds and the White House's first ever rescue dog.
"He's a sweet dog," Biden has said.
Michael LaRosa, Mrs Biden's spokesman, said of Monday's incident that Major "is still adjusting to his new surroundings and he nipped someone while on a walk".
CNN reported that a National Park Service employee was bitten on the South Lawn and had to stop work to receive treatment. the National Park Service has not responded to CNN's request for comment.
Both Major and Champ, the Biden's 13-year-old dog, were moved to the Biden family home in Wilmington, Delaware, after the first biting incident on March 8.
Anonymous sources told CNN at the time that Major had been jumping, barking and charging at White House staff and security.
President Biden said Major was acclimatising to so many new people around him. "You turn the corner and there's two people you don't know at all and they move, and he moves to protect," he told ABC's Good Morning America.
He went on to say: "Eighty-five per cent of the people [at the White House] love him. All he does is lick them and wag his tail. But... I realise some people, understandably, are afraid of dogs to begin with."
The Bidens adopted Major, who is now three years old, as a puppy from Delaware Humane Association in 2018. Champ had already spent some time in the White House as a younger dog, when Biden was vice-president, before moving in permanently in January this year.