Oldest Living Golden Retriever Turns 20

June 25, 2020

The world's oldest golden retriever has recently turned 20 years old - an impressive feat considering the average life expectancy of the breed is 10-12 years.

August "Augie," who belongs to owners Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt, turned 20 years old on April 24th and even had the celebration to show for it. She has lived with the Hetterscheidts in Oakland, Tennessee since she was at the age of 14, the Daily Mail reports.

The celebrations featured a dog-friendly carrot cake as well as other doggie participants, the couple's other dogs, Sherman, Belle, and Bruce.

The couple says August still enjoys daily walks despite her old age. She gets SQ fluids twice a week, takes supplements, and eats a mix of wet and dry food.

While many thought she would be difficult to rehome at the age of 14, the shelter admits the new owners had no idea what they would be signing up for. "They figured that most people wouldn't want such an elderly golden, but they had no idea of the upcoming journey they would be on with Augie," the shelter said.

Augie was born in 2000 and has been rehomed twice before finding a forever home with the Hetterscheidts.

The staff of the rescue writes, "She's lived so long largely because she's got great genetics, but also her owner, Jennifer, has done a great job of taking care of her and ensuring that they have a good relationship with Augie's vet."

While Augie remains the oldest known living golden retriever, the oldest dog ever was a 30-year-old Kelpie named Maggie, a 2016 Today article reports.

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