15 Mar 2013

Australian dog sets new record for loudest bark

11:11 pm on 15 March 2013

A dog in the South Australian city of Adelaide has broken the Guinness World Record for the loudest bark.

Six-year-old golden retriever Charlie registered his record-breaking bark of 113.1 decibels at a national competition late last year, reports the ABC.

Judges have now confirmed that Charlie beat the previous record of 108 decibels, held by a German shepherd in London since 2009.

Charlie's owner, Belinda Freebairn, told the ABC her dog developed his bellowing bark - equivalent to the sound of a live rock band - at a young age.

"When he got a bit older, when he was about a year old, he just started to get that real deep bark and I knew he was really loud," she said.

Fortunately Charlie is "really quiet" at home, says Ms Freebairn.

It is the first time the record has been held by a dog in Australia.