Goldendoodles often tend to be healthier and have a longer life expectancy than their heritage of Retrievers or Poodles alone. In fact, any genetic diseases of concern might be those which affect both Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles. Minor health concerns might include CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), VonWillebrand's Disease (a type of hemophilia in dogs), elbow and patella disorders.
Living Conditions & Exercise
Goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise and their coats are generally low maintenance. They can live in the city or on a farm. They are social dogs and they are happiest when they are with people.
About 15 years
As a hybrid cross, Goldendoodles will inherit fur that looks retriever-like, or poodle-like, but usually something in-between. Unclipped Goldendoodles will have hair about 4-7 inches long, shorter on the face and longer on the body, tail and legs. They require combing every few weeks. Depending on how often the dog is groomed, clipped Goldendoodles may be groomed several times a year.
Hip DysplasiaMany breeds of dogs (especially the larger breeds) may have “hip dysplasia”, which is a problem in the formation of the hip joint. It tends to be an inherited genetic defect, and can vary in severity, impacting the dog anywhere from minor changes in running/gait to near lameness. Hip dysplasia is usually not noticed in newly born puppies, but might be detected during phases of growth, like between 4-9 months old, or as late as 8-9 years old. The dog will most likely develop some degree of arthritis later in life. X-rays may be taken to confirm the degree of hip dysplasia, and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) may recommend NOT to breed a dog with certain degrees of this disorder, as it tends to be hereditary. Family pets would probably not need this evaluation. Vets or health providers may suggest supportive measures like weight control, exercise, rest, medications, possible surgery, and many pets can still lead an enjoyable life.
Golden Retrievers might experience cataracts, which is an
opacity in the eye lens. Cataracts can hereditary or non-hereditary, and
symptoms might range from minor vision problems to severe problems, or even
complete vision loss. To clarify concerns about heredity, the dog can be
examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist who is board certified.
Another disorder which has be noted in some Golden Retrievers (or carried via genes) is Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which involves increasing deterioration of the retina, which might lead to blindness early on.