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Average life span?

Does anyone know the avg lifespan of Goldens? I heard it was 10-13 and hoping it's much longer than that now.
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I have read somewhere recently 12 - 15 years.

I don't know how credible this site is, but it states 12 years for the golden:

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I've always heard 10-12 being the life span, but if your lucky your friend can live with you up to 15 years. I know my Bear (RIP) was a month shy of 16 years when he passed.

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When Barkley was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma I went to several websites to read up on the disease and read somewhere on one of the sites that the average lifespan of Goldens was in the 10 year 8 month to 11 year range. It shocked me and I wondered if it was actually accurate because it seemed so young. I always thought it was in the 12-13+ year range.

Regarding hemangiosarcoma, a 98 survey by the GRC indicated 1 in 5 goldens die from the disease at an average age of 10.3. That makes me so sad.

Whatever the average life span is, it's too short in my opinion.
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Any reason why dogs have such a short life span? I mean turtles and parrots live as long as humans
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I have always told my puppy people to expect 10-12 years from a Golden. I believe a study has been done showing that to have been the same for a long time now. The larger the dog, the shorter the life expectancy. Toy dogs can be in excess of 15 years, while Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds can be in the 6-8 age range.

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I have always told my puppy people to expect 10-12 years from a Golden. I believe a study has been done showing that to have been the same for a long time now. The larger the dog, the shorter the life expectancy. Toy dogs can be in excess of 15 years, while Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds can be in the 6-8 age range.
That was going to be my comment, only from the puppy person perspective (what I've been told by breeders).

I guess I would not think of 10-12 years as being a short time. The only time I did was when I talked with my Jacks' breeder and mentioned my then older golden who was then almost 12. He said something to the effect that my guy was right up there in age. His feeling was that the majority of goldens should live to be at least 11. But after that it does depend on a lot of things.

He didn't put me on the spot and tell me my other golden was at death's edge, but it certainly was a wake up call.

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I'm thinking around 12 years is average.

My Maggie lived 2 weeks shy of her 14th birthday.

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10-12 years is what I think the average is today. Someone a couple of years ago did some research using K9data as the source. And they found that the average life expectancy of Goldens had not changed significantly over the last few decades.

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Our dog Heidi lived to 11 and I believe my uncles dog was 12 when he passed.
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