I am aware that cancer is an issue for all dog breeds. However, I know that there is a very high incidence among Goldens. Is the rate of cancer also high in Golden Doodles?

For owners, how old are you dogs and what, if any, types of health problems have you encountered?

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  • Thank God my Teddy is fine.  He's 3years old and outside of minor intestinal infection (gardia), no problems.  He's had a bout with Kennel Kough and it was probably a false alarm -- his voice was raspy and it was probably caused by being at the doggie hotel with other darks and barking 24/7.  I learned my lesson after that.  LOL

  • I think if a condition is possible in one half of the breed, it's possible in a mixed breed from that breed.  We have had a few goldendoodle owning members lose their doodle to cancer.  And I don't think they were all the same kind of cancer either.  


  • We lost our 10 year old goldendoodle, Baker, to lymphoma in June, this year.  One vet did mention the golden retriever factor.

  • We lost Luna to lymphoma at 7.5 years old last year.  One of my neighbors just lost their GD to a suspected brain tumor at 7 years old.

  • Does size tend to matter with respect to the Doodles that get cancer? I've also read on breeders'  that English Golden Retrievers don't have the same incidence but I don't know if that's true. They say then, that, Doodles from English Goldens don't have the same issues.

    • Baker was an F1, 95#...it manifested in his eye & brain.

    • It would matter in my opinion because mini and toy poodles have lower cancer rates than standard... so the more small poodle you have in there, statistically speaking, their chances of cancer would be lower.  The more poodle % you have in there the lower the cancer risk as well, since goldens have higher cancer rates overall than poodles. All it takes is one cancer gene though so there are never any guarantees regardless of breed.

      Luna was an F1 mini goldendoodle, unsure of the neighbor's dog (looked like F1) but she was a standard.

      That being said, even after losing Luna to cancer we got another dog that could be cancer prone (F1 standard bernedoodle), so obviously it isn't a dealbreaker for us.  We just hope she has a long, healthy life.

      I did find this thorough study on general rates of cancers of different types, I just gave it a quick glance but I intend to give it a more thorough read-through before choosing my next dog.


      Here's another chart.  It's from a pet insurance company so unsure of accuracy and the way they have their chart organized is a bit odd


      Breed-Predispositions to Cancer in Pedigree Dogs
      Cancer is a common problem in dogs and although all breeds of dog and crossbred dogs may be affected, it is notable that some breeds of pedigree dogs…
    • It does seem that the bigger dogs/bigger boned dogs have more cancer.  I've heard the rumor about English Goldens having lower cancer rates, and I think it's more rumor than fact.  I've asked golden cancer experts and they can't confirm it...I don't think they have the data to say for sure.  

      • That certainly isn't proving to be the case for Jarka's boys.  I think they are both English.

  • I've had 3 goldendoodles and a labradoodle. One of mine had an extramedullary plasmacytoma on her gums - a malignant tumor that is supposed to be locally invasive and destructive but not metastatic. I had it removed, it came back and then they did a more extensive surgery to remove half her lower jaw. Then she passed away of something that they could never diagnose, but I suspect some sort of cancer - they just couldn't find it. Her daugher Katie, a mini goldendoodle was diagnosed at 3 years old of adenocarcinoma of the nose. She's doing unexpectedly well 2 years later, but there was no reasonable treatment for her tumor. My third is only 10 months old, so she's healthy at this point. And my labradoodle is 3 years old and so far she's healthy. 

    I feel like I read about goldendoodles with cancer all the time. And maybe it's anecdotal, but I was in a papillon group for 15 years and very very rarely did we ever hear about cancer in those dogs. I suspect the rates of cancer in doodles (and I don't know if it's specifically goldendoodles or all doodles) is statistically higher than many other breeds. 

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