Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is one of the largest, most comprehensive prospective canine health studies in the United States. The Study’s purpose is to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs. Each year, with the help of veterinarians and dog owners, the Foundation collects health, environmental and behavioral data on 3,000+ enrolled golden retrievers.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will help identify nutritional, genetic and environmental risk factors for cancer and other important diseases in dogs. Results will provide comprehensive data on diseases and other health challenges, including cancer. Findings will be used as a launching point for multiple health studies in dogs.

Golden Retrievers enrolled in the study across the U.S.
of Golden Retrievers are impacted by cancer

Using data and samples from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, researchers will analyze the gut microbiome in healthy weight and obese dogs to determine if the microbiome differs between these two populations and could contribute to obesity in the breed.

Data Commons

Data Commons is an open, free database available to the research and educational communities. Qualified individuals can gain access to data generated by the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, one of the largest and most comprehensive longitudinal studies ever conducted in veterinary health research.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have additional questions about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study? Whether you're a participant or just interested in learning more, find answers to commonly asked questions about the Study.

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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Founding Partner

GRLS Founding Partner

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Platinum Partners

VCA, Petco Love, Blue Buffalo, V Foundation, Elanco, Purina Institute, Orvis

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Gold Sponsors

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Gold Sponsors

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Golden Champion

Golden Champion GRLS sponsors