A true family-friendly breed, you’ll learn everything you need to know about your Goldendoodle’s expected lifespan and how to make the absolute most out of their golden years!
How long do Goldendoodles live? You can expect a Goldendoodle to live between 10-15 years. Many factors can impact the breed’s expected lifespan, as you’ll learn, but this average lifespan is very common. If you have a smaller Goldendoodle, he’ll live longer. If he is larger, he may live shorter. Most larger dog breeds will live shorter lives than medium or smaller dog breeds simply due to physical conditions. The size of your Goldendoodle will relate to his expected lifespan. You’ll also want to get familiar with common lifespan factors as well as what their cause of death is and how to make the most out of those exciting years with your pooch.
Common factors affecting Goldendoodles’ average lifespan
Just like any doggo — or human, for that matter — some important details can go into the lifespan you can expect for your Doodle in particular. If you’re aware of them, you can use them to also enhance your doggo’s quality and longevity of life (more on that later).
As you likely already know, Goldendoodles are a crossbreed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. This combination results in a commonly curly pooch with some great tendencies. However, genetics play a role in lifespan as much as they do in the aesthetics of your Doodle.
A pooch with more poodle in him will live longer than his brother that may have more Golden Retriever in him. Sine Goldens have shorter lifespans than poodles, this genetic percentage will determine lifespan pretty accurately.
Also, the general health and longevity of both parents will have a strong link to your Doodle’s lifespan. If both come from parental lineages that have long, complication-free lives, your pup can often expect the same. While this is not a guarantee, it can be reassuring to know that there is a connection there. All the more reason to be particular on your choice of breeder.
Since your Doodle is a combination of two high-energy dogs, you can expect him to be very active. However, a pooch needs to maintain good physical health throughout his life to also make sure that his body stays strong and sturdy for those more challenging years as he ages.
A pooch with a good activity level will have an easier time keeping his weight under control. Dogs who are obese will commonly die earlier than healthy ones.
As well, staying active is also important for mental health, which greatly impacts your pooch’s lifespan (more on that later as well). All in all, keeping your Doodle active every single day has a huge role in his overall quality of life.
Much like both parent breeds, Goldendoodles can often have allergies to fillers used in dog foods. These can include soy, wheat and corn. Since allergies aren’t always easy to identify if you are new to pet parent life, they could be suffering from allergic reactions for a while before you notice. This will impact the body’s strength over time.
Because of their long and flappy ears that often don’t get a lot of exposure to the fresh air that is responsible for keeping them dry and healthy, Doodles are known for ear infections. Left undetected or untreated, especially if they are chronic and painful, these can impact their overall lifespan.
His dysplasia is when the joint connecting the leg to the hip doesn’t fit properly, causing pain and discomfort when standing, sitting, moving and more. This is a painful condition that can often end a Doodle’s life if it gets to be too long-term and painful as he ages.
Von Willebrand’s disease
This is a disease that impacts a dog’s ability to clot blood. Since clotting blood is crucial for helping the body recover from an injury, a pooch who is injured that has Von Willebrand’s disease is going to have a strong likelihood of bleeding out because he is unable to form clots.
Most animals — including humans — have difficulty with our eyes as we age and Doodles are prone to retinal atrophy in particular. This is when the cells degrade and die out causing a doggo to lose his sight, particularly in those high lit situations (such as daylight). This can often set in early in adulthood, though it is alarming.
What do most Goldendoodles die of?
It’s hard to talk about, but Goldendoodles have common causes of death, just like every other pooch. Let’s just grit our teeth and get through this part, okay?
Bloat is when a dog’s stomach will swell up and cause a lot of digestive problems. While it is often mild in humans, it can be serious in doggos. Since they can’t eat comfortably, they can often suffer from lack of nutrition and this will cause decline and death in many cases for a Doodle.
Goldendoodles are prone to lymphoma (cancer in the lymph nodes) or osteosarcoma (bone cancer). This is often because they have larger bodies and bones and there is more susceptibility to both of these cancers. These often lead to a Goldendoodle crossing over the rainbow bridge after succumbing to its complications. This is especially common as he gets older.
A Goldendoodle can deal with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism in his lifetime and this can create many kinds of problems, including heart complications and even nerve damage. While it can often be managed with medication, it can be difficult for a vet to diagnose because most symptoms appear mild to most pet parents (more on that later).
While they may have a big heart, Goldendoodles can have all sorts of cardiovascular problems all the same. Heart disease is especially common in poodles, so it makes sense that a Doodle may have the same likelihood.
That was rough, huh? Phew, glad that’s over. You’ll be glad to know that none of these necessarily mean a death sentence! Below, we’ll get familiar with how to properly give your dog the best chance at a healthy and happy life for as many years as possible. The good news is that it is easier than you think!
How to extend a Goldendoodles’ lifespan naturally
Most of the information out there to help your Goldendoodle live longer is about preventative health. Just like with humans, living healthily in all of the ways will give them the best chance at a longer life with minimal pain and disruption even as they get into their golden and twilight years.
Source your Goldendoodle carefully
Firstly, you will want to make sure that you are adopting or purchasing your Doodle from a reputable breeder that prioritizes breeding responsibly with healthy, thoroughly vetted puppies. The better the genetics of your puppy, the better chance that you will be having a better and easier way of life for him longterm. The healthier the parents are, the healthier the pup will be in most cases.
Goldendoodles will need a properly balanced diet that is going to be healthy and also designed to strengthen all parts of their body preventatively. You’ll want to get a vet-recommend brand of dry kibble and it should be one that is rich with protein and fat.
Also, focus on dental health, as dental hygiene can have a serious impact on your pup’s ability to live a healthy life and get the proper food needed to survive and thrive.
Prioritize mental health
Good quality of life goes beyond physical health. Goldendoodles need a lot of mental health support for you as a pet parent. Much like Golden Retrievers, Doodles are prone to separation anxiety and they are also very intellectual, meaning they get anxious and bored very quickly. You will need to make proper mental health a priority for your doggo’s quality of life.
Train him on how to be alone (so that he is comfortable being alone if he needs to be) and prioritize human-oriented games. For example, you can find some great interactive games that will stimulate their brains and help them bond with you. The more they bound with you and spend time being active emotionally, mentally and physically (ideally, all three at once), the better their overall mental health will be. Since your Doodle can easily get distressed and depressed, you owe it to him to have lots of fun!
Physical health should be a priority
On the physical side, you’ll want to help him enjoy being active through play, hiking, swimming and anything else that you can do to help him stay active every single day. Your Doodle will not only be satisfied, but he’ll also have stronger bones and muscles and a very strong cardiovascular system — crucial for those that have sensitivities in their systems.
Keep working with you vet regularly for immunizations and sterilization
Don’t panic, sterilization doesn’t mean grabbing the Lysol! In the case of your Doodle, it just means to neuter or spay them. This is less to better overall health and comfort in their later years especially. When it comes to immunizations, they prevent diseases in your pooch and also make their immune system stronger as well. Finally, a good relationship with a vet means that you and they can catch conditions sooner rather than later, which is always good for your Goldendoodle.
While it’s scary and hard to talk about a Goldendoodle’s lifespan, it’s also important to understand so that you can make the most out of your time together and do your part to make sure that you give him — and your loved ones — as many healthy and happy years as possible together!