Meet August, The Oldest Living Golden Retriever At 20 Years Old!

June 25, 2020

A Golden Retriever named "August" is the oldest known, oldest living Golden Retriever at 20 years of age.

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Credit: GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue

August turned 20 on April 24, 2020.

She lives with her owners Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt in Oakland, Tennessee.

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Credit: GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue

Most Golden Retrievers only live to be 10 to 12 years old. Some have lived beyond that, even reaching 19 years old.

But no Golden Retriever has been known to reach 20 before August.

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Credit: GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue

Jennifer Hetterscheidt told TODAY that August is still in great health for her age, despite experiencing some early-stage kidney failure that is treated with diet and supplements.

But the kidney problems don't take much toll on August's daily life. She still loves going on walks and playing fetch in the family pool.

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Credit: GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue

The Hetterscheidts own three other goldens that keep August company.

"She's happy doing something, she's happy doing nothing," Jennifer said. "She's showing her age, she's slowing down, but she's got gusto, this old girl."

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