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View Poll Results: Poll: How old is the oldest Golden here?
10 years old or less? 160 52.98%
10-11 17 5.63%
11-12 15 4.97%
12-13 19 6.29%
13-14 18 5.96%
14-15 23 7.62%
15-16 21 6.95%
16-17 14 4.64%
17-18 10 3.31%
Over 18 years old? 7 2.32%
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post #91 of 101 (permalink) Old 01-18-2016, 12:53 PM
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Ok what's the secret behind the 17-18 year old Goldens?!? Seems like most of the ones I've known have passed on in the 11-14 range.
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I've had 6 and only two lived passed 12--4 others have all died with some type of malignancy. Lost one a year ago with chronic renal failure and a rapidly advancing lymphosarcoma.

Another made it to 14. Argus who made it to 18.5 actually lived with two other non-neutered males, ran 3-4 days a week, usually 10 miles at a time. There was nothing special about his care or diet. Just good genes, I guess.
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My Golden is almost 17 1/2 years old. I know where you live has a lot to do with it but besides that it is just a lot of TLC, keeping them active, good genes and luck.
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I just skewed the results accidentally, I thought I was making a guess at how old the oldest dog is and selected 17-18, sorry!!

I can't believe there have been a few over 18, that's so amazing, I hope beyond hope that my boys live that long.


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My brother Baloo just spent his 14th birthday with me yesterday.
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I've had 3 Goldens. The first 2 made it to 15. The one I have now is 16. She's an old girl for sure but still interested in sniffing around the yard and eating. I'm not sure why they have lived as long as they did but I think it may be a few factors.

All 3 were what I would refer to as the sporting type. Redder coats and lighter frames. None were the light colored big headed show dog type. I kept them fit with lots of exercise and good diets. For exercise, throwing the ball and Frisbee & playing with other dogs. I've always had another dog that was a companion for them to play with. My property is an acre so they can run at home but we often take them hiking and swimming wherever we travel. The 16 year old girl I have now is an amazing swimmer. I would throw the ball and she'd bring it back until I was tired of throwing it. We like hiking and exploring and they always come along with us. I have a Border Collie so keeping the dogs active and involved is an important part of our lives.

Diet - They never ate table scraps. Just high quality dry food. The brands have changed over the years but something along the line of Blue Buffalo.

Environment - I never use any kind of chemicals on my lawn. No fertilizer, weed killer or anything else. They don't wear shoes so I'm sure they would absorb any chemicals through their feet. I don't take any chances. My lawn doesn't look great but I don't care.

So Maybe I just got lucky, who knows. My vet is always surprised they've done so well. It's never long enough but hopefully we can get the longevity of this amazing breed back to where it once was. It's hard to let go at anytime but having more time with our Goldens would be nice.
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My girl August hit a milestone today- 19yrs 6mths. That's right.. Augie is 19-1/2! She is doing well and gets around just fine. Born with good genes she is truly blessed. We all are.
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Wow Augie, you are a wonder! Happy 19 1/2 yr. birthday.


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Wow that's great. It gives us all a little hope. Happy Birthday sweet gal.


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Wow!!! Happy 19 1/2 Birthday beautiful Augie !! Hope you have joy everyday!!
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