By: LEILA ROCHA
President Joe Biden’s two German shepherds, Champ (13) and Major (3), have been sent back to Delaware. This comes after Major bit a whitehouse security officer. However, White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, reported that it was already planned that the dogs would be going to Delaware and they will go back to the white house soon. She also reported, “[Champ and Major] are still getting acclimated and accustomed to their surroundings and new people. And on Monday, the first family’s younger dog, Major, was surprised by an unfamiliar person and reacted in a way that resulted in a minor injury to the individual.”
Major was adopted by the Biden’s in 2018 to keep their older dog, Champ, company. “We asked the vet, ‘What can we do to keep Champ going?’ and he said, ‘Get him a young dog.’ They’re buddies,” said President Biden.
Also, this recent incident isn’t the first time that Major has gotten into some trouble. President Biden experienced an injury after playing with Major. “I’m walking through this little alleyway to get to the bedroom, and I grabbed the ball like this and he ran. And I’m joking, running after him and grabbing his tail. And what happened was that he slid on a throw rug, and I tripped on the rug he slid on.”
Since the Biden family moved to the white house, the dogs have been trying to adjust. First Lady, Jill Biden, said, “They have to take the elevator, they’re not used to that, and they have to go out on the South Lawn with lots of people watching them. So that’s what I’ve been obsessed with, getting everybody settled and calm.”
This aggressive behavior is not typical for a German Shepherd. Brandi Hunter, vice president of communications at the American Kennel Club, says in an interview with Fox News, “They can be very affable. They’re not necessarily like the kind of dog that’s just going to run up to anybody, but they do have a definite confidence. They’re not naturally an aggressive breed or anything like that.” Hunter also said, “It just sounds like Major needs a bit more socialization and training because he’s in a newer environment.”