Joe Biden’s dogs sent home to Delaware after ‘biting incident’

Joe Biden's dogs sent home to Delaware after 'biting incident'
Major outside the White House in January. Photograph: Adam Schultz/White House/EPA
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Daily US Times: US president Joe Biden’s dogs have reportedly been returned to the family home in Delaware after showing aggressive behaviour towards the staff of White House.

According to CNN, Major and Champ, both German shepherds, were sent home last week after Major had a “biting incident” with a member of the White House security team.

Major, who is three years old, was adopted by the Biden family in 2018 and is the first White House dog to have been adopted from a shelter.

Since moving in a week after Joe Biden’s inauguration in January, he “has been known to display agitated behaviour on multiple occasions, including barking, jumping and ‘charging’ at staff and security”, CNN reported, citing two White House sources.

Champ, who is about 12, has “slowed down physically due to his advanced age”.

In 2008, he was adopted as a puppy shortly after Biden was elected vice-president. The dogs are the first to occupy the White House since Bo, the Obamas’ dog.

Donald Trump, who thought getting a dog would be “phoney”, was the first president of the US in a century not to have a canine companion.

According to CNN, the dogs had been known to stay in Delaware when the first lady, Jill Biden, was there.

First Lady Jill Biden told the singer and talkshow host Kelly Clarkson in a February interview that she was “obsessed with getting [the] dogs settled”.

The hounds’ Twitter account, The First Dogs of the United States, was as recently as Monday tweeting a photograph of Champ at the White House.

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