Major, one of the Bidens’ dogs, ‘nipped someone’ Monday, a spokesperson said

President Joe Biden’s dog Major, goes for a walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington as Biden prepares to depart with first lady to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, on Vietnam War Veterans Day, Monday, March 29, 2021. The New York Times
Major, one of President Joe Biden’s German shepherds, “nipped someone” during a walk Monday, a spokesperson for the first lady, Jill Biden, said Tuesday.

The spokesperson, Michael LaRosa, said that “out of an abundance of caution,” the individual, whom he did not identify, was seen by the White House medical unit “and then returned to work without injury.”

“Major is still adjusting to his new surroundings,” LaRosa said. The episode was reported earlier Tuesday by CNN, which said the individual was a National Park Service employee. A spokesperson for the agency referred a request for comment to the White House.

The Bidens have two German shepherds: Major, the younger of the two, and Champ. Earlier in March, the dogs were sent back to Delaware for a time after a previous incident involving Major.

In that episode, Major “was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

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