Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recently adopted dog Kaiya has sunk her teeth into her new position, biting two visitors at an event on Wednesday, including the husband of the deputy foreign minister.

At a candle-lighting ceremony to mark the Jewish festival of Hannukah, the 10-year-old mixed breed also took a snip at a member of parliament from Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference at his office in Jerusalem. | Source: Reuters

Knesset Member Sharren Haskel, a veterinary nurse, dismissed the incident, telling Army Radio it was trivial.

Netanyahu’s son took the dog in from a rescue home earlier this year. The prime minister posted a picture on Twitter in August urging dog-lovers to seek out adult canines to adopt, saying “You won’t regret it!”.

Kaiya has met several dignitaries, including US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry is believed to have escaped unharmed.