Joe Biden's dogs removed from White House after biting staff member

Joe Biden with Major when he adopted him.
Joe Biden with Major when he adopted him. Photo credit: Delaware Humane Society

US President Joe Biden's dogs have been removed from the White House after one bit a member of staff - reportedly a security guard.

CNN reports the younger dog, Major, had a "biting incident" and as a consequence both German shepherds were sent back to Joe and Jill Biden's home in Delaware.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Major caused an injury to an unnamed individual.

"[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," said Psaki.

She went on to say the dog's trip to Delaware was "previously planned" but did not say when they would return, only that it would be "soon".

Champ and Major moved into the White House in January, less than a week after Biden's inauguration.

Three-year-old Major has been known to display aggressive behaviour on occasion, including jumping on and barking at staff.

Champ, the older dog, is 13 and has slowed down significantly due to old age.