Saturday, May 7, 2016

Cancer in North American Bred Golden Retrievers

By the time people and dogs pass 70 and 10 years of age, respectively, about 50% of us will have been diagnosed with some type of cancer.  The malady accounts for approximately 23 percent of all deaths in people.  In dogs, cancer mortality varies across breeds, from under 10 percent to higher than 60 percent.

(Read why small dogs have a lower cancer risk.)

Breeds with the highest risk include the Bernese Mountain Dog, Bouvier des Flandres, Boxer, Bullmastiff and Golden Retriever.

A health report published in 1999 by the Golden Retriever Club of America [GRCA] identified cancer as the cause of death in 61.4% of their dogs. (In comparison, the cancer rate in Goldens bred in Europe hovers around 35%.)
Five of these eight Golden Retriever puppies 
will likely die of cancer, some by the age of nine.

In 2012,   Morris Animal Foundation  (a nonprofit that invests in science to advance animal health worldwide) in partnership with GRCA enrolled 3000 dogs in age from six months to two years and launched the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.  Over the lives of the dogs, researchers hope to identify potentially modifiable risk factors that may account for the high incidence of cancer and other diseases in the breed, and eventually in all dogs.

Funded and managed by MAF, the study will investigate the effects of genetics, nutrition and exposure to environmental factors.

I wrote an article, "On the Trail of Canine Cancer: Large Scale Study of Golden Retrievers Holds Hope for all Dogs", published in the Winter 2015 edition of The Bark magazine.

Read the full article.

To find out more about the longitudinal study contact Morris Animal Foundation.

1 comment:

  1. That is quite a high attrition rate......I've not heard much on the study of cancer in dogs...just a couple of weeks ago a neighbour's female staffie died of cancer, she hadn't been well for a long while and was best friends with another neighbour's male staffie, a couple of houses down the road, he's a bit lonely now poor darling.....