The average lifespan of a Golden Retriever is 11 to 11 years. Golden Retrievers are susceptible to specific diseases. A responsible breeder will proactively minimize the risk of disease to the health of dogs in breeding pairs professionally assessed and selected on the basis of complementary features. They should be taken to the vet for yearly checkups.
Golden Retrievers are known to have genetic disorders and other diseases. Hip dysplasia is common in the running to buy a puppy, a pedigree must be known and analyzed by the certification bodies or PennHIP for hip disease. Obesity is also common in the breed Golden Retriever because they like to eat. Puppies should eat about 3 cups of food a day and adults of 3-5 cups. This depends on the food and the dog.
The Most Common Diseases
- Cancer, hemangiosarcoma the most common, followed by cancer of the tumor cells, mast, and osteosarcoma.Cancer was the cause of death for 61.4% of Latin American Goldens, according to a study conducted by the Ministry of Health 1998 Golden Retriever Club of America, becoming the leading cause of death in the race. A 2004 survey by the British Kennel Club puts this figure at 38.8%.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia, which affects 19.8% of dogs
- Eye diseases (cataracts, including the most common eye disease in Goldens), progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, entropion, distichiasis, corneal dystrophy and retinal dysplasia
- Heart disease, aortic stenosis, especially subvalvular and cardiomyopathy
- Common diseases like dislocation of the patella, and osteochondritis panosteitis cruciate ligament rupture
- Skin diseases, with allergies (which can lead to acute moist dermatitis or "hot spots"), particularly flea allergies, being most common. Others include seborrhea, sebaceous adenitis, and lick granuloma.
- Lyme disease is not seen until the late stages of renal failure in the race.
Golden Retriever requires regular grooming and bath from time to time. Must be prepared at least once a week and every day for heavy shedding. They should be bathed every two months. Their coats shed a bit 'during the year, but is known to shed profusely twice a year. They also need their ears cleaned regularly, or ear infections may occur. Even if the removal is unavoidable with Golden Retrievers Grooming frequent (daily to weekly) lessens the amount of hair shed by the animal. Pour severe, resulting in bald patches can be indicative of stress or sickness in a Golden Retriever.