Sheagles typically have a lifespan of about 14 to 16 years.
Sheagles are generally healthy, but they are prone to contracting diseases that their parents are susceptible to, such as:
Hip dysplasia is a gradual impairment of the hip that occurs as your Sheagle grows. When your Sheagle is affected by hip dysplasia, the different components in the knee grow at different rates, instead of growing at a uniform rate.
This causes your Sheagle’s knee to loosen. Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition that is hereditary. It is very likely that your Sheagle will also have hip dysplasia, inherited from the parent breeds. Hence, dogs affected by hip dysplasia should avoid being used for breeding.
The symptoms of hip dysplasia include wobbliness, limping, pain in the hip, and reluctance to climb stairs. These symptoms can be observed in your Sheagle puppy when they are as young as a few months old.
If you suspect that your Sheagle may be affected, you should have them diagnosed as soon as possible so that your Sheagle may be treated. In mild cases, hip dysplasia can be treated by consuming some prescribed medication.
In more severe cases, your Sheagle would have to undergo surgery.
Epilepsy refers to the occurrence of repeated seizures. These seizures may occur at regular or unpredicted intervals. Epilepsy is a genetic condition that is hereditary. Hence, if the parents had epilepsy, it is likely that your Sheagle will also have epilepsy.
The exact cause of epilepsy is still unknown. However, seizures typically occur at times when your dog experiences a change in brain activity such as waking up, falling asleep, feeding, or excitement.
Symptoms of Epilepsy include twitching, collapsing, drooling, foaming, tongue chewing, and stiffening. If your Sheagle is having a seizure, remain calm and try to carefully move them away from anything that may harm them.
You should not touch their mouth or try to feed them anything while they are in that state, they may bite you and you would end up doing more harm than good. To treat your Sheagle’s Epilepsy, your veterinarian will prescribe medication.
Musladin-Lueke is a genetic disease that commonly affects Beagles. This disease affects the structure and development of connective tissue between several organ systems. It affects the heart, muscles, skin, and skeleton.
Beagle who are affected by Musladin-Lueke Syndrome are born with several physical defects such as short outer toes, extra cartilage in their ears, narrow and slanted eyes, and unusually thick skin.
Unfortunately, there are no known treatments for Musladin-Lueke Syndrome. If your Sheagle is affected by this Musladin-Lueke Syndrome, it can be managed with supportive care.