Joe Biden and wife Jill send dogs on holiday after biting White House agent

Undignified behaviour in the White House might not be a surprise considering recent events, but it seems there’s a new candidate for obedience lessons in the West Wing.

The two German Shepherds owned by President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden have been removed from the White House after one of them caused a “minor injury” to someone he did not know.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki didn’t give details, but US media suggested that Major, the Biden’s three-year-old rescue dog, might have got a little too toothy with a secret service agent.

She told a press briefing that Major and the Biden’s other dog Champ were “still getting acclimated and accustomed to their new surroundings and people”, after they moved to Washington following Mr Biden’s inauguration.

The plan now is to send them back to the Biden’s home in Delaware for some time out but they would be back outside the Oval Office very soon.

Major was adopted in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Society and is said to be very playful and boisterous.

He made headlines when Mr Biden slipped and broke his foot while playing with him in late November before the family moved to the White House.

Meanwhile, Champ is 13 and came from a breeder in 2008, not long after Mr Biden’s election as Vice President.

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Dr Biden has been trying to get the two German Shepherds used to the White House, telling talk show host Kelly Clarkson it hadn’t been easy.

“I’ve been obsessed with getting our dogs settled because we have an old dog and we have a very young dog,” the First Lady said.

The pair have had to ride in a lift for the first time rather than use the stairs, and get used to being stared at when they play on the South Lawn in front of the media and security staff.

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They also starred in a Christmas message from the President shared on Twitter with Major doing lots of present-shaking while Champ looked on calmly.

And with Dr Biden in a February video promoting mask-wearing (even while walking your dog!)

Dr Biden confessed that Major had already tested his boundaries, telling Clarkson: “I caught him on the couch the other day, but he quickly jumped down.”

But like all good German Shepherds, the pair are hugely loyal to the Bidens, with the First Lady saying their favourite spot in the White House was “wherever we are. Even if my door’s closed, they’re sitting right outside the door like, ‘Let me in, let me in’.”

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The White House is no strangers to having dogs in residence. While Donald Trump didn’t have a presidential pet, he was definitely the exception rather than the rule:

Barack Obama: Portuguese Water Dogs Bo and Sunny·

George W Bush: Two Scottish Terriers called Miss Beazley and Barney, and Spotty Fletcher, an English Springer Spaniel·

Bill Clinton: A chocolate Labrador called Buddy·

George HW Bush: Millie the Springer Spaniel and her puppy Ranger

Ronald Regan: at least six dogs, but not all at once, including: Lucky a Bouvier des Flandres, Rex the Cavalier King Charles, Victory who was a Golden Retriever, Peggy the Irish Setter, Taca the Siberian Husky and Fuzzy a Belgian Sheep Dog.

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