The life expectancy of the Goldendoodle is between 10-15 years.
This is about average for medium breeds.
Now that Harley is 7 years old, and by canine standards – a senior dog, I’m on a mission to go for the “max”…
My mission is to do everything possible to stay ahead of whatever health issues he may be prone to that could/would either affect his quality of life or shorten it all together.
While cancer can unfortunately strike any breed at any age, there are some breeds that have higher instances of the disease.
A golden retriever happens to be one of those breeds. #hauntsme...
Even with a life span between 10-13 years, golden retrievers can also develop –
- hip dysplasia
- subvalvular aortic stenosis
- addison’s disease
Of all three poodle sizes, standard poodles are the ones most prone to serious health problems –
- eye disease
- skin conditions
This is why when selecting a goldendoodle, you should insist on written documentation that the parents were cleared of specific health problems that affect this breed.
Please don’t be fooled/tricked that having your dog “vet checked” is a substitute for genetic health testing – IT IS NOT!
At a minimum the breeder should be able to show evidence that both parents have –
- hip certifications
- heart clearance
- certification from the Canine Eye Registry
We all love our pets dearly – regardless of the breed, and we know their life expectancy just isn’t comparable to ours.
The best we can do is love them like there’s no tomorrow, give the best care we can and enjoy each and every day…
*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.
This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.
We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.
Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle” ❤️