Basset Artesien Normand

33-44 lbs
12-14"
France
Artesien Norman Basset, Basset Artesieno de Normandia, Basset Artésien Normand, Basset Norman, BAN
The Basset Artésien Normand, which shares some ancestry and quite a bit of look with the more commonly known Basset Hound, is a smaller, lighter version of its Hound relative, as the latter was later bred with the Bloodhound to form a more substantially-sized dog. Because of their history as a hunting breed that largely existed in packs, they are highly social, affectionate dogs that rarely have issues with other dogs and are great with kids. It also makes them excellent family dogs in general as they are easy-going, loyal and friendly with just about everyone. They don't need much exercise because of their short legs, making them just as good in apartments as in larger homes. Their only major downfall is that they can tend to be quite stubborn, largely driven by either following their nose, their strong will or both, so training takes a firm, consistent hand and a lot of patience. Otherwise, they are considered highly adaptable dogs with exceptional temperaments that do well in a wide variety of families.
Purpose
Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
1870
Ancestry
Normand Basset, Artésien Basset

Basset Artesien Normand Health

Average Size
Male Basset Artesien Normand size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 33-44 lbs
Female Basset Artesien Normand size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 33-44 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Weight Gain
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hyperthyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination

Basset Artesien Normand Breed History

Basset Artésien Normands were documented as a purebred breed in 1870. They were the descendants of several short-legged dogs native to northern France, which had in turn descended from another scent hound similar to a bloodhound, but with achondroplasia dwarfism, resulting in short legs that were preferable to hunters since they dogs could never get too far ahead of them and fit into short, tight spaces. From there, two strains were developed, one with crooked front legs (Normand) and one with straight front legs (Chien d'artois). Over time, many were interbred to display characteristics of both and thus they were given their current name in 1924. While the Basset Artésien Normands were largely bred to be companions, their Basset Hound relatives were crossbred with Bloodhounds, giving them a larger size and an even more dramatic look, but both at one point were largely used for hunting rabbit and other small game. Now both are primarily bred to be companion animals.

Basset Artesien Normand Breed Appearance

The Basset Artésien Normand is nearly twice as long as it is tall, standing only just over a foot in height and usually weighing just under 40 pounds. They are similar in look to the more commonly known Basset Hound but have a lighter frame and are generally a bit smaller. Their heads are twice as long as they are wide and are domed, featuring long upper lips and smaller, tighter lower lips, black noses, oval-shaped eyes, and large, folded ears that hang past the head. They have longer necks, well-muscled yet slightly crooked front legs and relatively deep chests. Their tails are thick and taper out towards the end with a slight upturn, carried in saber fashion when working. Their coats are short and smooth and are either tricolor (black, white, tan) or fawn and white.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Basset Artesien Normand eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Basset Artesien Normand nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Basset Artesien Normand coat
Fawn
white Basset Artesien Normand coat
White
black Basset Artesien Normand coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Basset Artesien Normand straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Basset Artesien Normand Breed Maintenance

Basset Artésien Normands are low maintenance dogs that need only a brushing or two a week with the slicker brush to keep their coats healthy. They are only moderate shedders but if allowed on furniture, tend to leave a little bit everywhere, so vacuuming regularly will likely be needed to keep a clean house. They only need baths after getting into something, as their coats keep themselves naturally oiled and are usually relatively low on the smell scale. Because they aren't high energy dogs, their nails don't wear down at the same rate as others and will need to be watched and trimmed as necessary to prevent cracking/breaking. Their teeth should also be brushed at least once a week to keep their oral health optimized.
Brushes for Basset Artesien Normand
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Basset Artesien Normand requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Basset Artesien Normand Temperament

Basset Artésien Normands are well-known for being very laid back and friendly dogs. Their pack background makes them sociable, affectionate and easy-going with a wide variety of other dogs and even children and strangers. Their hunting background does tend to make them easily distracted and they are prone to following their nose, which can have an impact on their general obedience. They are known to be a bit stubborn, so the early stages of training can be an uphill battle but if they have trust with a firm, consistent owner, they do quite well and generally remain ultimately loyal and obedient once fully trained. They don't take a lot of exercise and don't usually get easily frustrated, keeping their overall maintenance low and easily accessible for a wide variety of families and living spaces.

Basset Artesien Normand Activity Requirements

Basset Artésien Normands are generally low-to-mid activity level dogs. They still appreciate playtime, daily walks and additional exercise around the house, but don't require an excessive amount of activity to keep them happy. Because of that low exercise drive, however, some owners tend to fall on the short side, as the breed is not overly demanding and will happily join the family when lounging around the house, leading to potential obesity. A good mile long walk a day or 30 to 45 minutes of exercise is usually more than enough to keep them happy and they will usually make it obvious when they are tired. In addition to physical exercise, they also do need a bit of mental stimulation, which, along with their hunting instincts, can be why they're often found wandering off. Giving them mental stimulation through games or other activities will go a long way in keeping their behavior positive.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Basset Artesien Normand Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$0.50 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$15.00 - $30.00

Basset Artesien Normand Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Basset Artesien Normand size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Basset Artesien Normand size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Male Basset Artesien Normand size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 33 lbs
Female Basset Artesien Normand size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 33 lbs
18 Months
Male Basset Artesien Normand size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Female Basset Artesien Normand size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 38 lbs

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