Presidential Dog Major Involved in Another Biting Incident Less Than a Month after First Case

Jené Liebenberg
Apr 01, 2021
02:50 P.M.
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National Park Service employee was the second victim of Biden's dog Major. The incident resulted in the victim requiring medical attention. 


The White House South Lawn was the scene of a second biting incident involving President Biden's dog Major and one of the White House staff members. The National Park Service employee ended up receiving medical attention for the bite. 

Work was halted in the White House garden when Major, a German shepherd that the Bidens adopted back in 2018, nipped the employee while out on a walk. He was then treated by the White House medical team.

A German shepherd lying down. | Source: Pexels/ Adam Kontor



The incident was reported to CNN by two individuals who saw Major biting the victim. First lady Jill Biden's press secretary Michael LaRosa responded to inquiries about the biting, saying

"Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk. Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU and then returned to work without injury."

The 3-year-old dog who has recently found the White House to be his new residence has been undergoing training to help ease his adjusting to the new location. This is the second time that Major has bitten an employee. 



The unlucky National Park Service employee is not the first to find himself in the middle of an altercation with Major. The German shepherd bit another employee a few weeks earlier. 

President Biden was throwing Major's ball in their house when he tripped on a rug and fell, resulting in the fracture.

Major's first incident involved a Secret Service employee at the White House on March 8. The agent had to receive treatment for the damage done by the dog by the White House medical team but was described as a minor injury. 



President Biden addressed his dog's aggressive behavior during an interview with "Good Morning America" saying that Major was acting out of protection for his owners. The president shared

"You turn a corner, and there's two people you don't know at all. And [Major] moves to protect."

The president credited the overwhelming presence of security in the White House with Major's biting habits. The dog didn't know who he could trust with all of the strangers constantly in his home environment. 



After the first biting incident occurred, the president and the first lady decided to have Major and their 13-year-old German shepherd Champ shipped back to their home in Delaware. 

The two dogs are close companions; hence they were sent back to the environment they know best together. Once they returned to the White House a few weeks later, the second biting incident ensued. 


Major hasn't only caused damage to White House staff but was also the reason behind a serious injury to President Biden. The president had a hairline fracture in his foot, causing him to wear a corrective boot for some time. 

President Biden was throwing Major's ball in their house when he tripped on a rug and fell, resulting in the fracture. Major seems to be racking up the list of injuries to take place on White House soil during his stay there.