How is the life expectancy of Goldendoodles calculated? What can be done to increase your puppy’s lifespan? Here, I’ll give you the answer!
Goldendoodles live 10 to 15 years, on average. Their life expectancy is determined by their two parent breeds: Golden Retrievers and Poodles. How long they actually live can be determined by several factors including their lifestyle and diseases common to their breed.
If you keep reading, you’ll learn how a Goldendoodle’s lifespan is determined as well as the role that genetics plays on how long these dogs live. Also, you will find out what you can do to ensure that your mixed breed puppy lives a long and healthy life by your side.
How is a Goldendoodle’s Lifespan Determined?
There are several types of Goldendoodles but they all fall under three categories: Standard, Medium, and Mini Goldendoodles.
Their lifespan is determined by their parent breeds which are the Golden Retriever and the Poodle.
Golden Retrievers tend to live, on average, 10 to 12 years while Poodles are known to live a little longer, typically between 12 and 15 years. This is because, as a general rule, smaller breeds tend to live longer.
This is why genetics is so important. Goldendoodles can have different percentages of each parent breed’s genes and this is why there are different types and sizes of these mixed breed puppies.
It’s simple, if your Goldendoodle has a higher percentage of Poodle genetics then it will probably live longer.
What You Can Do to Ensure Your Goldendoodle Lives a Long and Healthy Life
Genetics is important but not the only factor at play when it comes to your dog’s lifespan. There are other factors to consider that determine your dog’s health and how many years you’ll have it by your side.
Any dog that has a healthy lifestyle can be expected to live longer and of course Goldendoodles are no exception.
But what exactly is a healthy lifestyle for dogs and how can you create a healthy environment for your Goldendoodle puppy?
The three pillars of a healthy lifestyle for a dog are:
- Mental wellbeing
Regular dog exercise bring a lot of benefits to Goldendoodles, like:
- Muscle strengthening
- Mobility improvement
- Weight management
- Mood improvement
It also helps to tackle boredom that leads to bad behaviors like chewing on your stuff or barking too much.
How Much Exercise Goldendoodles Need
Each dog has its own specific exercising needs so there isn’t a one size fits all routine.
When it comes to Goldendoodles, an average energy level breed, 30 min of daily exercise is recommended. However, this varies according to your dog’s size and age.
Smaller Goldendoodles require less exercise while older Goldendoodles will only be capable of a small amount of exercise.
This is why it’s important that you take your dog’s capabilities into consideration when planning an exercise routine.
Help Your Goldendoodle Exercise
Exercising with your dog shouldn’t be a task for either one of you. It should be something fun that you do together, a moment to bond with your puppy.
Here’s how you can exercise with your Goldendoodle:
- Go on walks
- Play fetch
- Go running or hiking together
- Go to a dog park
Nutrition plays a big role in your Goldendoodle’s health.
A healthy and balanced diet will guarantee that your puppy gets all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs right from the start.
A Goldendoodle having a poor nutrition can lead to not only obesity, but also other issues such as a more sensitive stomach.
Obesity is dangerous for humans and it can be equally dangerous for dogs and affect how long they live.
Even if it doesn’t get to a point when it becomes life-threatening, excess weight can put pressure on your Goldendoodle’s joints and bones as it ages and make it difficult for it to move around during its senior years.
It’s important to make sure that you maintain your dog’s weight at a healthy and appropriate level for its size.
Goldendoodles are prone to sensitive stomachs and can experience some type of food allergy or an upset stomach from time to time.
This means that these dogs require a specific type of food, usually grain-free, that is gentler on their stomachs.
Don’t forget to always discuss new diets with your dog’s vet, they will know what type of food is best for your puppy. Also, never make sudden diet changes as these can also trigger your Goldendoodle’s stomach issues.
Keeping your dog’s mind active is just as important as keeping its body active.
A good way to achieve a healthy mind is to challenge your puppy with new tricks and fun games. It’s also a good way to deepens your bond.
It’s very important to give it a lot of attention every day because Goldendoodles are a very social breed and need a high level of attention from you to be happy and fulfilled.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, though. Mental wellbeing is easy to achieve when we love and care for our dogs.
What to Avoid to Keep Your Goldendoodle Healthy
Aside from the lifestyle, there are some health-related issues that can ultimately affect your Goldendoodle’s lifespan.
This breed of dogs is prone to certain issues or diseases that it’s important for you, as the owner, to keep an eye out for and make sure they are detected and treated so you can keep your dog around for as long as possible.
Common health issues for Goldendoodles are:
- Gum disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Atopic dermatitis
Gum disease and teeth infection are common among Goldendoodles.
Both these issues are easy to avoid but they happen often because the mouth is one of the most neglected areas in dogs.
All you need to do to avoid either gum disease or teeth infection is to brush your dog’s teeth regularly.
This issue is very common in a lot of dog breeds, especially in larger dogs.
Hip dysplasia can end up causing your dog a lot of pain and seriously affect its life quality.
Some symptoms to watch out for on hip dysplasia in dogs include:
- A decrease in activity
- A decrease in your dog’s range of motion
- A difficulty to jump, run or climb stairs
- Overall stiffness and pain
Atopic dermatitis is basically a predisposition found in some breeds (including Goldendoodles) to develop allergies to some substance.
These allergies can manifest themselves in different ways, from hot spots on the skin to gastrointestinal problems or even ear infections.
These issues affect your dog’s quality of life and need to be taken care of so your puppy can remain healthy.
Even though Goldendoodles are genetically wired to live between 10 and 15 years, it isn’t guaranteed that your puppy will live this long. Exercise, nutrition, and mental wellbeing are also very important in determining how long your dog lives.
It’s really up to you to make sure your dog lives a long, happy, and healthy life by caring for it, keeping it active, and keeping an eye out for potential health problems.
My name is Maria, I’m 26 years old and I’m from Portugal. I’m hoping to use my Management and Digital Marketing background to open a Dog Daycare, so my dog and I can spend our days around other dogs.