Living next door to world’s loudest dog

by Darren Jamieson on June 24, 2009

In an article last weekend, we reported how German Shepherd Daz had been officially crowned as having the world’s loudest bark by the Guinness Book of Records with 108 decibels and I did say how glad I was I didn’t live next door.

Well, on Monday the BBC took my question to heart and actually interviewed the next door neighbour to Daz and asked what is it like to actually live next door to the world’s loudest dog?

Denise Parker lives next door with her husband and two children and told the BBC:

“Daz doesn’t bark very often but when he does it certainly is loud.  I hear him sometimes when I’m watching television, but he only barks when he hears someone and he’s trying to warn them away.”

So being the human next door isn’t a big issue, but what does the Parker’s dog next door think of Daz?

Ms Parker said:

“I have a cross-breed rescue dog called Snoopy and the two of them don’t always see eye to eye.”

Such a powerful bark will no doubt make a dog sound very aggressive but Daz’s owner says his bark is most definitely worse than his bite.  The German Shepherd’s owner Mr Lucken said:

“To me his barking is just normal, run-of-the-mill dog barking.  We’re going to buy the postwoman a present to say thank-you. Without having someone for her to bark at, I don’t think he would have got the record. It helped to keep his vocal cords in trim.

“He’s a very lovable dog, like a pussycat. He’s not aggressive but the bark makes him sound aggressive. I have to close the door of the room he’s in when the pizza man comes.

“If you were coming up the drive and you saw three German Shepherds staring out the window at you and barking their heads off, what would you think?  But if you know them, you know they’re no problem at all. It’s their way of saying hallo.”

So now we know it’s really like living next door to the dog with officially the world’s loudest bark.

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