CAUSES OF DEATHS IN GOLDEN RETRIEVERS
Less than 3% of the Goldens in K9DATA have a cause of death listed. This still leaves almost 10,500 with a
cause of death. Of course, the correctness of the data is not part of this analysis. In the future I may try to put in
lifespan, if available.
About 13% of the total listed old age as and associated reasons as the cause of death. If old age is mentioned
or the Golden was at least 12 when he (she) died then I include them in the old age group.
Cause of Death for Old Goldens
For the next sections causes of death clearly related to old Goldens have been removed. This
leaves 9163 causes of death.
422 ACCIDENTS, INJURY, ETC. AS CAUSE OF DEATH. Hint: Scroll down to see various descriptions. 65 of
these involved cars and 1 Golf Cart.
Accident as Cause of Death
Before we look at K9data cancer cases what do more scientific studies have to say? The following
The high rate of cancer in Goldens is a relatively recent development. In the late 1980s, the breed
wasn’t considered as having a high rate of cancer. But by the late 1990s, cancer was taking the
lives of about 60 percent of U.S. Goldens. About 60 percent of all Golden Retrievers will die from
cancer – 57 percent of females and 66 percent of males. The two most common types of cancer in
this breed are hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma.
Surprisingly, the high rate of cancer in Goldens is a fairly recent development. In a 1988 University
of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine study, Goldens weren’t mentioned as having a
higher rate of cancer than other breeds.
When researchers compare the DNA of Golden Retrievers with hemangiosarcoma and other breeds
with the disease, the genetic abnormalities are different. Interestingly, European-bred Golden
Retrievers develop cancer at a much lower rate (under 40 percent) than U.S. Goldens.4
Their genes are significantly different, which suggests the risk of cancer in American Goldens is
the result, in part, of a fairly recent gene mutation
Now back to what K9data has to say:
CANCER in some form is listed for 5047causes of death (55% of those not having old age as part of the cause
That is too many to scan so let's subdivide these which may lead to some overlap.
1730 used Cancer in the cause of death, 147 used Carcinoma, 1748 used Hemangiosarcoma, 865 used
Lymphoma, 60 used a Mass, 540 used Tumor and 85 used Leukemia.
Cancer used in the cause of death
Carcinoma used in the cause of death
Hemangiosarcoma used in the cause of death
Lymphoma used in the cause of death
A Mass listed in the cause of death
Tumor used in the cause of death
Leukemia used in the cause of deathh
Body part mentioned in cause of death.
Bladder - 44, Brain - 245, Head -4, Heart - 426, Hips and Arthritis -47, Kidney - 359, Liver - 330, Lung - 176,
Pancreas - 66,Spine - 26, Spleen - 248, Throat - 14,Stomach,Bowl and Intestines - 140
Bladder listed in the cause of death
Brain listed in the cause of death
Head listed in the cause of death
Heart listed in the cause of death
Hips and or Arthritis listed in the cause of death
Kidney listed in the cause of death
Liver listed in the cause of death
Lung listed in the cause of death
Pancreas listed in the cause of death
Spine listed in the cause of death
Spleen listed in cause of death
Stomach, Intestines, etc. listed in cause of death
Throat listed in cause of death
Blood and related causes of death -,121,Distemper - 7, Parvo - 8, Pneumonia - 68, Seizures - 115, Strokes -
186, Surgery related - 64,Temperament - 3, Vaccines - 12, Birth - 25
Blood and related features mentioned in cause of death
Distemper mentioned in cause of deathh
Parvo mentioned in cause of death
Pneumonia mentioned in cause of death
Seizure mentioned in cause of death
Stroke mentioned in cause of death
Surgery related issues mentioned in cause of death
Temperament mentioned in cause of death
Vaccines mentioned in cause of death
Birth and Birthing problems mentioned in cause of death