This is a personal choice, but the life span of dogs is increasing, so don’t discount the older Goldens. A Golden can live to 15 years with proper care, although 10-12 years is the average. A Golden at 7 to 9 years of age is still full of energy and is quite appropriate for the household that does not want to cope with the activity and training of a younger Golden. Senior Goldens can still take long walks, swim, retrieve, and enjoy the favorite part of their day, simply lying near their human companions. We rarely get dogs under one year of age into the program. However, we consider a dog up to two years old to be a “puppy” because of the energy level and enthusiasm of this breed.