How Long Does A Goldendoodle Live? Their Age Factors Explained

 If you own a Goldendoodle or are planning to adopt one, it is essential to be aware of the life span to care for it accordingly. Though it is one of the most unpredictable questions to ask/answer, you should be aware of all the factors that can influence age.

On average, the life expectancy of a Goldendoodle is 10 to 15 years. This can increase or decrease due to several factors.  Because Goldendoodles are hybrids of a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle, their traits and benchmarks are not consistent. So, there can be a lot of variation depending on the type of Goldendoodle you have. Let’s take a look.

More often, characteristics rely on the Goldendoodle generation, as well as their size, which may be standard, medium, or mini.

The size difference in Goldendoodles is an outcome of a poodle’s variant that the golden retriever was crossed with. To this effect, it has been observed that the larger the poodle involved, the shorter is the Lifespan of the Doodle, which means a 70-pound Goldendoodle is likely to outlive one which weighs 90 pounds.

Likewise, a medium-sized Goldendoodle could live even longer. Eventually, the idea is to include the adorable Doodles part of your family and cherishing its company for as long as possible. 

Estimating the Goldendoodle’s Life Expectancy 

Since the Goldendoodle is a cross-breed, its life expectancy is inherited from the two parent breeds. The universal method entails noting the lower range and a higher ceiling of the two-parent breeds’ life expectancy. 

Going by this logic, a fact that becomes apparent is that smaller dogs tend to live longer. While the Golden Retriever enjoys a lifespan of around 10-12 years, poodles have an average lifespan of 10-18 years, depending on the size.

Therefore, Doodles that inherit most of the poodle’s poodle’s genes also have a longer lifespan. 

From this, it draws that if the hybrid’s genetic makeup equally represents both parents, the Lifespan of the Goldendoodle will also be an accurate average.

Only when the percentage of genes vary that the Lifespan would move up/down the scale.

Factors That Can Impact Your Goldendoodle’s Lifespan 

Discussed below are factors that can make a difference to your Doodles Lifespan –  

Type of Diet – Just like humans rely on clean and healthy food to live a long life instead of junk food, Goldendoodles also require a healthy diet to live longer.

An appropriately balanced diet has a positive on every aspect of a doodle’s life, from weight and the appearance of its coat to the proper functioning of its digestive system and overall health. 

Level of Exercise – Quality, and quantity of exercise is vital for your Doodle to the point of determining their physical and mental health, as also how long they live.

Adequate activity levels help them maintain optimal weight, which reduces their chances of developing joint problems and weight-related issues later in life.

Goldendoodles need to indulge in physical activity and exercises every single day, and doing so strengthens their bones and muscles. It also improves cardiovascular health and helps them to stay healthy and live a long life.  

Stress Concerns – Did you know that dogs are just as vulnerable to stress as humans are? A Doodle under stress is prone to various chronic conditions, leading to unpleasant situations both for the pet and the owner.

So, the onus is on you to find ways to keep your dog happy because it is a proven way to ensure a healthy and long life. 

Avoid stressful situations, such as anxiety or bullying from another pet, or leaving it alone at home confined within a crate. Including them in family activities will ease your Doodle’s stress, and the more relaxed it feels, the longer it is likely to live.  

Frequency of Veterinary Check-Ups – How frequently you take the Doodle to the vet is another factor that determines longevity. Goldendoodles have the best chance at a long life if they are routinely taken to the vet, as it could lead to early detection of specific health issues.

Vets can also protect your Doodle from contagions through regular vaccination. 

Weight – The number of years that its weight can determine a Goldendoodle life. Usually, Doodles enjoy a lifespan of 10-15 years, but this can quickly come down if extra weight is involved.

Goldendoodles that fall within the normal weight range can add anywhere between 6 months to 2.5 years to their Lifespan on the flip side. 

Since weight is an outcome of exercise and diet, you need to be mindful of these factors. While diet is best handled through portion control and high-quality dog food, exercise should be regular or frequent to make a difference. 

Dental Health – Difficult though it may be to believe, but brushing your Doodles teeth every day can add years to its life. Infections related to teeth can drastically reduce the Goldendoodle’s quality of life and its overall Lifespan unless managed well.

Unfortunately, this is an aspect that most doodle owners tend to overlook and realize when it is too late. Hence, brush your Goldendoodles’teeth every alternate day – if not daily – and steer clear of dental nightmares. 

Spaying/Neutering – You can easily add anywhere between one and three years to your Goldendoodles’ Lifespan by merely opting to spay/neuter.

Goldendoodles are prone to cancer of the mammary glands or testicles depending on the gender, and the risk is greatly minimized if they have been spayed/neutered. 

Another benefit is the complete elimination of heat episodes, implying that the griddle is less likely to venture out on its own and fall into trouble. 

Final Word

Having invested your time, money, and resources in acquiring a Goldendoodle, it is only logical that you must nurture and nourish it well.

As an owner, being conscious of factors such as weight, diet, exercise, and so on is one way of ensuring that your Doodle would live through its expected Lifespan and provide you with many cherished moments of togetherness. 

Being adorable, intelligent, and loyal, Goldendoodles are great additions to the family. Hence, the owner should make every effort to ensure that they last throughout their average Lifespan, if not longer.

Awareness plays a crucial role as far as this aspect is concerned, and a well-informed owner is all that a Goldendoodle requires to live a long, healthy, and happy life.  


Diane is a lifelong owner of Labs, Retrievers, a Poodle, Labradoodle, and, more recently, a Goldendoodle. She loves dogs and enjoy's taking her Goldendoodle Nala for walks in the woods with her daughters.

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