The average life span for a Golden Retriever is 11 to 11½ years.
Golden Retrievers are susceptible to specific ailments.
A responsible breeder will proactively minimise the risk of illness by having the health of dogs in breeding pairs professionally assessed and selected on the basis of complementary traits.
Golden retrievers are known to have genetic disorders and other diseases. Hip dysplasia is common in the breed.
- Cancer, the most common being hemangiosarcoma, followed by lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumour, and osteosarcoma.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Eye diseases, including cataracts (the most common eye disease in Goldens), progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma,distichiasis, entropion, corneal dystrophy and retinal dysplasia
- Heart disease, especially subvalvular aortic stenosis and cardiomyopathy
- Joint diseases, including patella luxation, osteochondritis, panosteitis, and cruciate ligament rupture
- Skin diseases, with allergies particularly flea allergies, being most common. Others include seborrhoea, sebaceous adenitis, and lick granuloma.
- Lyme Disease is unseen until the late stages of kidney failure in the breed.