The average Golden Retriever life span is 10 to 13 years, although some do live longer than this.
There are a few things you can do that may help increase the life span of your Golden Retriever.
At the very least, these things will help him to stay healthier and lead a happier life.
Make sure he is fed a quality dog food.
Keep him active by exercising him regularly. This not only helps his bones and muscles, but it great for energy levels and engaging his mind.
Well exercised Goldens are well rounded dogs!
Maintain his weight, so that he does not become overweight.
Obese dogs have a shorter life span, and carrying too much weight causes pressure on his joints and bones and can cause or contribute to hip dysplasia.
Keep his teeth and gums healthy by giving him plenty of chew items, brushing his teeth at home regularly, and by yearly check ups.
When a dog's teeth and gums decay, this leaves your Golden Retriever open to bacteria and infection. When infection gets into the bloodstream, serious health risks can occur.
Spaying or neutering can prevent many serious diseases and some cancers.
Make sure he also gets regular check ups from his vet. Think of it as his yearly physical, like we get for ourselves!
Doing these simple things can help extend your Golden Retriever's life span.