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Does anyone know the avg lifespan of Goldens? I heard it was 10-13 and hoping it's much longer than that now.:crossfing
 

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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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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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I love to her that there are goldens that are love lived. I really hope that I can be one of those lucky people this time around. I dont want to scare the OP, but cancer in goldens has forever affected me. I had two goldens die of hemangiosarcoma of the heart, both at 8 years old and within 8 months of each other. They were half brothers so I dont know if there was a hereditary factor or just plain bad luck genetically for my boys. I am still heart broken and part of me will forever be, but this has not deterred me from having a golden. I have two boys now, Midas, 2 years old, Graham, 5 months old. I pray for them that they live a long healthy life, but any time with them I consider to be blessed.
 

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I would think the average would be brought down by having a significant number of goldens dying quite young (various insidious cancers, etc., common to the breed). That's the problem with averages, it doesn't have much to do with an individual dog.

All of my goldens have been rescues, but so far I've been very lucky. My first was pulled out of a backyard at 1 year old and she lived to 15. My current dogs are now about 10 and 12 (only had them for a year and a half) and (knock on wood) are doing great. They are conformation disasters, but have Westminster level golden hearts - probably miller dogs and prior to coming to me lived their whole lives in a back yard with zero attention or care.

No matter how long it's never long enough. And you can't apply the average lifespan to an individual dog. For every young one lost, there's a balancing olden golden to bring to bring the average up.
 

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The last official results that I had seen listed male goldens with an average life span of 10.7 years and females a little higher at 11.4 years. I always tell families interested in one of our puppies that the average is 10-12 years.

Of course, there are goldens who live past that age. We have one who will be 14 in about a week and 2 of her kids that are 11.5. When contemplating a new puppy, always check k9data to see the age of the grandparents, etc. While it is no guarantee that your puppy will live a long time, it certainly does help tip the scales in your favor when your puppies ancestors lived long lives.

Jennifer
 

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I was thinking about the hard facts... and I guess I'm not sure if I'd want to make my goldens live so long that they have little or no quality of life. One of my neighbors on my street had a golden girl who lived to be almost 18. She did not have cancer or anything wrong with her in the end, except she could not walk. She would eat and respond to everything around her, but getting around was extremely painful.

So her family had to make that hard decision to put her down. This after they went a few months physically carrying her in and outside the house for her potty breaks.

My last two golden guys both lived to be 13. With both of them they did have problems with collapsing rears in their last year, but this was treated with pain meds, plus we kept them off stairs unless we were escorting them and ready to catch them. But other than that, they had a high quality of life - for seniors. When their time came, it came in a matter of a week and we did not have to make the hard decision for them.

Obviously, I hope my current golden lives to be 18.... but I don't ever want to have to put a perfectly healthy dog down just because he no longer has legs that will carry him. I hope that with all the care I give him now and later I can prevent that.
 

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Savannah lived till 11 and 1/2 and died from an extremely malignant, aggressive (the exact words the vet said are etched in my mind) spleen cancer. If it wasnt for the cancer, she was in great shape and I see no reason she couldnt have lived a few years longer.
 

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How blessed you are to have a healthy golden who is 15!!!

Our longest lived golden lived to be almost 15. Two were 12 and our beloved Selka recently went to Heaven at 11 and a half from bone cancer. He was healthy and happy till those last few weeks.
I don't consider a long life where the dog is in pain and/or crippled to be worth the added time. It would be wonderful to have a long lived healthy dog but even with my own life I choose quality over quantity!
 

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The last official results that I had seen listed male goldens with an average life span of 10.7 years and females a little higher at 11.4 years. I always tell families interested in one of our puppies that the average is 10-12 years.
This is the exact same life span that I've heard quoted. But, this is likely inclusive of accidents and severe illnesses.
 
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