We Are 3000 Strong


Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the most significant study ever conducted in veterinary medicine, is a groundbreaking effort to learn how to prevent cancer and other diseases in dogs. This study will identify genetic, nutritional, behavioral and environmental reasons for why golden retrievers may develop cancer and the other health problems. It will be the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs. This study is being managed by Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is a global leader in supporting science to advance veterinary medicine.


Cancer is the leading cause of disease in dogs older than 2 years of age, and golden retrievers have a higher risk of developing cancer than most breeds. It is estimated that more than 60% of all golden retrievers in the United States will develop cancer. For this reason, golden retrievers were selected for the first Canine Lifetime Health Project Study. Although this study involves golden retrievers only, the information collected will improve the health of all dogs.

We must stop this disease!


We are excited to inform you that the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is currently full. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the 3044 golden retrievers enrolled and their owners for their support of this groundbreaking study.

Even if you don't have a dog in the study, you can still help the cause by supporting those enrolled and Morris Animal Foundation. You don’t even have to own a golden to support our efforts, you just need to love animals enough to want to make a difference. Every dog lover can and will make a difference—including you.