English Golden Retrievers are Healthier and Have Lower Incidence of Cancer

English Golden Retrievers are usually known as English Cream Golden Retriever or White Golden Retriever. There are many differences in the appearance of English lines compared to American counter parts. The structure of the face, the shape of eyes, and the placement of the ears are different.

However, you will be surprised to know that there are significant differences in the health profile as well. Surprisingly, the English Golden Retrievers have a lower incidence of cancer. In recent decades, American Golden Retrievers are becoming more and more susceptible to cancer. Cancer in Golden Retrievers has emerged as the number 1 reason for the death of Goldens in USA. The statistics show that around 60% succumb to cancer.

Cancer usually starts developing when the dog is around 8 years old. Early detection leads to treatment before the disease can spread. Treatment is costly requiring chemotherapy, radiation, diet changes and medicines.

Health Differences

Findings from a study done by the British Kennel Club (KC) show the following health differences:

  • Cancer caused the death of 38.8% of English Goldens, while in the USA the corresponding figure is over 60%
  • Life span is also higher in English Goldens. They live slightly longer than their American counterparts. The average age life span of English Goldens is a little over 12 years.

Among American Goldens there is a decline in life expectancy. The average life span stands at between 10 to 11 years. It used to be close to 16 years until a few decades back. Over the years the American Goldens have become susceptible to health problems and cancers and this has unfortunately lowered their life span.

Cancer risk in American Goldens: There are two types of cancer that are common in American Goldens. They are Hemangiosarcoma and Lymphosarcoma.

Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer that attacks the endothelial cells that line blood vessels. This type of cancer usually develops in the spleen and can also develop in the liver, lungs, brain, heart and even the skin. Lymphosarcoma is also known as Lymphoma. It is a cancer in the lymphatic system of the dog and damages the immune system cells.

Cancer leads to expenses and anxiety: In general owners of American Golden Retrievers tend to have higher medical expenses especially if their pet develops cancer. Regular check ups have also become a necessity. They also have to face more anxiety because of the health problems and fear of possible cancer in their precious pet.

Given the lower incidence of cancer among English Golden Retrievers, a large proportion of owners stand to save significantly in veterinary bills compared to those who own American Golden Retrievers.