Beagles have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years, and hound mixes average 10 to 15 years. The lifespan of hound mixes fluctuates depending on the breed of dog that the hound is mixed with.
Health issues in hound mixes will depend on the breed the hound is mixed with. If a particular breed is predisposed to diseases such as cancer or cardiac problems, there is a chance that the hound mix could be born with those hereditary tendencies.
In general, mix breeds do tend to be healthier than most purebred dogs due to hybrid vigor, which means that mixed breeds tend to have increased resistance to diseases and better general health.
There are many factors that can shorten the lifespan of all breeds of dogs including beagles and hound mixes. Beagle’s are generally less prone to disease than other breeds, but they can suffer from health issues, such as epilepsy or ear and eye infections. Both of those issues can be controlled through appropriate medical care.
Good health care and good food during a dog’s life will help ensure a long life. It should be noted that larger breeds, such as the treeing walker coonhound, generally have shorter lifespan than smaller dogs such as the beagle.