Golden retriever named Charlie has the world's loudest bark

Published On: Mar 25 2013 11:05:28 AM EDT
Updated On: Mar 25 2013 11:06:22 AM EDT
ADELAIDE, Australia -

You thought your neighbor's dog was loud? Well, that is nothing compared a 6-year-old golden retriever from Adelaide, Australia. Charlie is the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for the loudest bark. He obliterated the competition with a 113.1-decibel woof that's louder than a car horn and only a few decibels short of a jet taking off. Owner Belinda Freebairn says he's actually a peaceful pup: "He doesn't bark at home at all really, he's really quiet." Charlie's monster voice box revealed itself when he was around a year old. "He just started to get that real deep bark and I knew he was really loud," Freebairn says.

What else does 113 decibels compare to?

  • A train whistle is 90 decibels
  • A subway train is 95 decibels
  • A power lawn mower is 107 decibels
  • A jet engine is 140 decibels

Charlie joins a select group of pooches who hold Guinness World Records, including Puggy, a male Pekingese with a tongue that measures 4.5 inches, Augie, an 8-year-old golden retriever who can hold five tennis balls in her mouth at the same time and the tallest dog in the world - Giant George who stands at an astonishing 43-inches tall.

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