The lifespan of a Mini Goldendoodle is generally between 10 to 15 years.
Like their parents, Mini Goldendoodles are generally healthy however they are prone to some health issues. These health issues include:
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
PRA is a group of eye conditions that result in the gradual deterioration of your Mini Goldendoodle’s retina. During the early stages of PRA, your Mini Goldendoodle will become night blind. As the condition develops, your dog will become completely blind.
Mini Goldendoodles who have been affected by PRA tend to bump into different objects when the light is dim and are reluctant to go into dark rooms. Fortunately, affected Mini Goldendoodles are still able to lead happy lives with proper rehabilitation.
Patellar luxation is a condition that is renowned for affecting small dogs like the Mini Goldendoodle. Patella means ‘kneecap’, while luxation means ‘dislocated’. Hence, patellar luxation is a condition that causes your dog’s kneecap to move from its normal position.
As your dog’s thigh muscle contracts, the force applied on the kneecap, forces it to the side of your dog’s knee. Patellar luxation is crippling and often results in dogs being unable to apply any weight on their affected leg.
Patellar luxation is a gateway to several other ligament injuries and joint-related conditions such as arthritis. Fortunately, this condition can be managed and treated through surgery.
The surgery may include adjusting your Mini Goldendoodle’s knee by deepening the groove in the femur or inserting an implant that will prevent the kneecap from moving out of place.
Hypothyroidism is a condition that is characterized by an underperforming thyroid, a gland which regulates metabolism. If your Mini Goldendoodle has hypothyroidism, their metabolism would have slowed down, along with other bodily functions.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include hair loss, weight gain, low energy levels, muscle loss, decreased tolerance to the cold, and decreased appetite.
Fortunately, hypothyroidism is not life-threatening and can be treated rather easily. Treatment for hypothyroidism is the daily consumption of drugs for the rest of your Mini Goldendoodle’s life.
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)
GDV, also known as bloat, is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention to save your Mini Goldendoodle. Bloat occurs when your Mini Goldendoodle’s stomach is filled with gas, which disrupts your dog’s regular blood flow.
As your dog’s stomach is filled with more air, blood and oxygen flow becomes limited. As a result, your Mini Goldendoodle will enter a state of shock. At this point, your dog will require immediate medical attention, or else they will die.
According to the American Kennel Club dogs who are fed one large meal daily, are more likely to bloat than dogs who are fed two smaller meals daily. If your dog eats too quickly or exercises immediately after eating, they will be likely to bloat.
Symptoms of GDV include excessive drooling, an enlarged stomach, pacing, panting, and retching. When treating dogs affected by GDV, veterinarians treat the shock then they take the dogs to surgery.
The floppy ears of the Mini Goldendoodle make them susceptible to ear infections. Their floppy ears tend to trap moisture easily. The causes of ear infections are typically yeast and bacteria.
The symptoms of ear infections include dark ear discharge, foul odor, itchiness, pain, and constant scratching of the ear. Fortunately, regular ear infections can easily be treated by your veterinarian and will be resolved within a week or two.
However, severe ear infections may require surgery and take a couple of months to be resolved. It is worth noting that some ear infections may be secondary infections caused by underlying conditions.