Major, who was adopted by Biden in November 2018 from a Delaware animal shelter, had what one of the people described as a “biting incident” with a White House security member. The exact condition of the victim is unknown, however, the episode was serious enough that the dogs were later transferred to Wilmington, Delaware, where they remain.
CNN reached out to the White House for comment and did not immediately receive a response.
Major, who is 3 years old, is the younger of the two Biden dogs and has been known to display agitated behavior on multiple occasions, including jumping, barking and “lunging” at staff and security, according to the people he spoke to. CNN. on the behavior of the dog in the White House. The oldest of Biden’s German Shepherds, Champ, is about 13 years old and has been physically slowed down due to his advanced age.
Champ and Major moved into the White House in January, less than a week after Biden’s inauguration.
“I’ve been obsessing over our dogs accommodating themselves because we have an old dog and we have a very young dog,” Jill Biden told Kelly Clarkson last month during an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” “They have to take the elevator, they are not used to that, and they have to go out to the south garden with a lot of people watching them. So that’s what obsessed me, making everyone feel comfortable and calm.”
Biden also said the only place dogs aren’t allowed is on furniture, though he admitted to catching Major on the couch. “They run everywhere,” Biden said.
A person familiar with the dogs’ schedule confirms to CNN that they are in Delaware, but noted that they have been known to stay there with handlers when the first lady is out of town. Biden left Monday afternoon for a two-day trip to Washington and California to visit military bases.