The Basset Artesian Normand looks alittle like a Basset Hound, but lighter in weight.A short, straight legged hound, its body is twice as long as it is high. Itshead is dome-shaped and powerful with hairy cheeks. Its eyes are large andserious looking. Its ears are very long, cone-shaped, soft, and pointed givingthe head a noble and beautiful appearance. The neck is slightly dewlap and themuscles are smooth with a moderate amount of wrinkles. The chest is round withclearly visible sternum. The large, black nose protrudes slightly beyond thelips. The tail is thick at the root, but narrowing progressively, and carriedwith a saber curve. The coat is very short, bicolor: orange and white, ortricolor: orange, tan and white. Breeders prefer white feet.
The Basset ArtesianNormand is fairly easy to obedience train. Although brave and determined, courageous and headstrong in thehunt, the Artesian is gentle with children and makes a fine, trustworthy pet.They have a very deep bark and may bark loudly when strangers arrive, but willstill give a warm welcome. Good-natured and obedient, he is valued as a companion as well as an excellenthunter. Many French owners embrace this dwarfish hunter and welcome him intotheir home as a member of their family. He has an excellent nose and loves totake off after an interesting scent, so be careful it does not slip away fromyou. They will get along nicely with other breeds, they live in packs inFrance. If they are socialized with cats and other household animals when theyare young, they will get along with them as well. Owners should be firm, but calm, consistent and confident in their approach. To avoid behavior issues learn canine instincts and treat the dog accordingly, proving plenty of daily mental and physical exercise.
10-14 inches (25-36 cm.)
about 33 pounds (15 kg.)
The long back of the Basset ArtesianNormand is prone to disk disease.
The Basset Artesian Normand isgood for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and a small yardwill do.
This breed needslong daily walks, butremember that it will take off after any interesting scent when it is off itslead. If this happens, put a piece of your clothing or something with your scenton it near where the dog disappeared and you will most likely find the dog inthat spot in a few hours or at least by morning.
About 13-15 years.
The smooth, short-haired coatof the Basset Artesian Normand is easy to groom. Rub a rubber brush overthe dog's coat occasionally to remove dead hair. Shampoo only when necessary.Clean the ears regularly and keep the toenails short.
The Basset ArtesianNormand is one of the six recognized French Basset breeds. Originating in Artoisand Normandy, it dates back to the 1600's. Bassets are dwarfed, full-sizedhounds, retaining the body lengths of their forebears, but with enlarged heads,shortened long bones, and larger joints. Their short stature allows hunters tofollow them easily on foot. By the turn of this century, the Basset ArtesianNormand was developing into two distinct lines, straight-legged hunters andcrocked-legged, droopy-eared companion and show dogs. French breeder LeonVerrier developed today's standard, which blends attributes of both varieties.The Artesian Basset needed straight legs that would neither hinder his speed nordrain his energy in order to work in unruly terrain, brush and briar. Thishandsome strong-bodied dog was developed strictly for utility, but because ofits good temperament, it also makes a good companion dog. It is used for huntingfoxes and hares, sometimes in company with larger hounds. When the larger dogsare unable to penetrate the brambles, the Artesian Normand is ready to throwitself decisively into action. Like other bassets and terriers, it will go intolairs after its prey. The breed was recognized in 1911.
CKC, FCI, NKC, APRI, ACR, DRA