Biden’s Dog Major ‘Nipped Someone,’ Spokesman Says

The spokesman, Michael LaRosa, said that “out of an abundance of caution,” the individual was seen by the White House medical unit.,

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Major, one of the Bidens’ German shepherds, ‘nipped someone’ on Monday, a spokesman said.

Major, one of President Biden's German shepherds, at the White House.
Major, one of President Biden’s German shepherds, at the White House.Credit…Evan Vucci/Associated Press
  • March 30, 2021, 5:31 p.m. ET

Major, one of President Biden’s German shepherds, “nipped someone” during a walk on Monday, a spokesman for the first lady, Jill Biden, said on Tuesday.

The spokesman, 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,” Mr. LaRosa said. The episode was reported earlier Tuesday by CNN, which said the individual was a National Park Service employee. A spokeswoman 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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