We have had our Lexie since she was a puppy. For the past five years now, we have loved and cared for her throughout every stage of her life. We have learned a lot through discussion with other mini Goldendoodle owners and our trial and error. While she is still an incredibly young dog, we know, as all dog owners do, that they will age and pass on at some point. This knowledge can be saddening when we think of all the loving moments we have and will share without a fur baby. Oddly up until this point, we have never taken the time to investigate how long she or other Goldendoodles will live; now, we want to know.
Read on to discover what we uncovered in our research about how long Lexie and other Goldendoodles can potentially live.
How long do Goldendoodles live?
Goldendoodles can live anywhere from 10 – 15 years. This depends mainly on the health of the individual dog and their life circumstances.
This guide is for the Goldendoodle dog breed, as each dog breed has its age range at which they live. The Goldendoodle is a reasonably healthy dog breed that is a cross between two distinct dog breeds. Those breeds have relatively healthy backgrounds, with minimal health issues reported.
They are the type of dog that efficiently manages the balance of life between activity and rest, stress, and relaxation. They require physical activity the is moderate and know when to call it a day and rest.
They are very friendly, social, and easy-going by nature, which warrants them to good emotional health and physical. Quick to learn and understand with and eagerness to please, the Goldendoodles mental capacities are also strong.
When all this is combined, in points to a healthy dog breed all the way around. For Goldendoodle owners concerned about how long their dog can live, this range of 10 – 15 years is merely a guideline.
Some dogs will barely make it to the ten-year mark, and others that will surpass that time limit easily. Quality of their life up until that point is truly what matters for them and those they love most.
The Goldendoodle dog breed is regarded as a healthy dog breed. Their crossed background comes from two distinct dog breeds that are generally considered healthy and robust. Life can bring numerous factors that can affect any dog’s length and quality; the 10 – 15 years is a guideline.
Each dog is an individual. Each dog will have unique qualities that make them who they are regardless of breeding. When their individuality is combined with other life factors, it can help things live a long life or sadly shorten it.
Physically the Goldendoodle is a healthy breed. As they age, they can suffer from common ailments that other dog breeds deal with. These include hip dysplasia, which is a condition that affects the thigh and hip bone, and the joint that connects them. It is strongly related to genetics, therefore selecting a Goldendoodle from a reputable breeder is highly essential.
A blood disorder that affects the clotting ability, known as Von Willebrand disease, is usually diagnosed before age 5 for a Goldendoodle and is linked to genetics. Again, selecting a Goldendoodle from a reputable breeder can minimize the possibility that a dog will end up with this condition.
Another condition common in Goldendoodles is progressive retinal atrophy. This condition affects the retina of their eye and can lead to blindness. They can also suffer from other eye conditions, including cataracts and glaucoma. They can also suffer diseases of the heart and other organs of the body.
Mentally the Goldendoodle is smart, alert, and eager to learn. This can aid them in maintaining mental capacities well into advanced age. A sharp mental capacity can help keep them safe and foster good judgment on their part in senior life.
An example would be when they want to go outside in the ice and snow. While their family should always keep watch, they will know to be more careful if they have strong mental capacities.
Emotionally they are social, friendly, and loving. This personality type in both domestic animals and humans is part of a healthy lifestyle. This socially engaging personality can help them live long, healthy lives through friendships with other dogs, humans, and others.
The Goldendoodle personality is one of low stress and openness. This easy-going nature can help them deal with the stresses and anxiety that can sometimes come with daily life, even for a dog.
The separation from those they love, the tummy upset they feel, the boredom or fear of something in their environment can cause anxiety and stress. This anxiety and stress can lead to a shortened life span for anyone. The Goldendoodle handles most of these situations in stride due to a relaxed and happy personality. Thus, they naturally help themselves live longer lives.
What factors into how long a Goldendoodle will live?
Many factors play into the health and life of a Goldendoodle. Aside from genetics, a Goldendoodles diet is crucial. Other factors that can make or break a healthy lifestyle include exercise, environment and stress, socialization, sleep, and regular vet visits.
Diet is an essential aspect of their health and life. Feeding the Goldendoodle a healthy, nutrient-dense food ensures that they will be as healthy as possible. Before selecting or changing dog food for our Lexie, we always made a point to consult her veterinarian before doing so.
Exercise is vital for good health, regardless of the breed of dog. The Goldendoodle isn’t a dog that needs tremendous amounts of physical activity, but they need a moderate amount. This physical activity can come in the form of outdoor games and fun in a backyard or park. Obstacles courses are another great way to expel energy and keep the Goldendoodles body healthy and strong.
Mental exercise is important too. Many dog owners forget that their dog needs mental stimulation as well as physical. There are various games and toys on the market today that will fill those criteria, keeping them mentally sharp, smart, and alert.
The homelife or environment can also factor in how healthy a Goldendoodle is and how long they live. If a Goldendoodle or other dog is exposed to large amounts of stress and anxiety in their home environment, it affects their overall well-being.
While stress can’t be irradicated entirely from anyone’s life, it can be minimized by fostering a healthy home. Keeping distractions to a minimum, paying attention to the fur baby’s needs in the house, and watching for signs of overstressing can ensure they are healthy well into their senior years.
Socializing and friendships are a part of a healthy and long lifestyle for everyone. Scheduling playdates with other dogs or visiting a dog park regularly can support the Goldendoodle’s happiness. Including daily walks or playtime in the day can keep a connection between family or owner and Goldendoodle fresh and strong, building good health for everyone.
Adequate sleep is another area that keeps a Goldendoodle healthy and living a fulfilling long life. Providing them with a safe, comfortable, and quiet space to sleep helps them unwind, relax, and rejuvenate after a hard day of work and play.
Regular veterinary visits round out a healthy lifestyle and promote long life. We always make sure our Lexie visits her veterinarian annually for checkups and at other times when necessary. These checkups provide us with knowledge of where her health is, potentially heading off illness and disease, and inform us what lies ahead for her health.
When all these areas of their life are attended to, they are on the right track to a long life. If, however they are fed a low diet, they will not thrive.
If they don’t receive adequate exercise or are exposed to the tremendous stress, they can suffer ill health.
Poor social relations with others, even for a dog, and negative sleep habits and irregular vet visits can create an unhealthy lifestyle that could affect how long they are with us.
Our fur babies need to be cared for as we would our children, families, and selves. That is one reason why is a person or family doesn’t have the time to attend to another member of the household and family.
They shouldn’t adopt because a lack of proper care can affect that new member’s health and life. It is even more critical if that new addition to the family is a dog because they rely entirely on us for their needs, wants, and health.
We all want to live a long healthy life, and we also want those we love to do the same, fur babies included.
The Goldendoodle is a breed of dogs that lives a relatively long life thanks to their crossbreed background and personality traits.
Whatever the length of their lives, so long as we promote a healthy lifestyle, we should enjoy all that furry joy while it lasts!