Basset Artésien Normand
The Basset Artesien Normand is an intelligent, calm, obedient breed. Their keen noses make them excellent hunting dogs, while their friendly, playful personalities make them ideal family companions.
Basset Artésien Normand Traits
The Basset Artesien Normand has a long body, short legs, and strong, balanced appearance.
Coat and Colouring
This breed's coat is short and either tri-colored or fawn and white.
Distinctive Physical Traits
Notable traits of the Basset Artesien Normand include a dome-shaped skull, large, oval eyes, and long, low-set ears. In addition, their legs are short and heavy-boned, and they have long saber-shaped tails.
Basset Artésien Normand Temperament
This breed is energetic, intelligent, and eager to please. These pack-oriented pups have social personalities and enjoy the company of people and other dogs. They are affectionate with their family members and are always game for an outdoor adventure.
Like other scent hounds, Basset Artesien Normands are prone to wandering off wherever their noses lead them. For this reason, keeping them in a fenced yard or on a leash is best.
Basset Artésien Normand History
For centuries, two strains of short-legged scent hounds have existed in the Normandy region of France: the Normand (bred for aesthetics) and the Basset d’Artois (bred for utility). The Basset Artesien Normand was developed by crossbreeding these two strains. French breeders first documented these dogs as a unique breed in 1870.
The Basset Artesien Normand hunted rabbits, foxes, and other small game alone or in packs with the hunter on foot, using their short legs to maneuver in dense brush skillfully. Though still used as hunting dogs, today, they are just as likely to be lounging in the house as family pets.
Basset Artésien Normand Care
The Basset Artesien Normand does well on high-quality dog food formulated for their age, size, and activity level. Obesity in dogs is on the rise. Avoid overfeeding by measuring or weighing meals and keep treats to 10% or less of their daily calories.
The Artesien Normand's short coat needs only weekly brushing to keep it free of loose hair and dirt. Because their long ears may make them more prone to ear infections, it's important to check their ears regularly and clean them when needed to remove wax build-up and debris. Additionally, nail trims and dental care should be part of their grooming routine.
This hunting breed likes to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Walks, hikes, and backyard games are great ways to let them burn energy (and have fun while doing it).
Basset Artesien Normands are generally obedient pups that want to make their people happy. For best results, keep training sessions positive and use treats and favorite toys to reward them for desired behaviors.
In addition to obedience training, all breeds benefit from early socialization. Helping them feel comfortable with different people and environments when they're young will help them grow into well-adjusted adult dogs.
The most common ancestral trait of this group is being used for hunting. Some use acute powers of scent to follow a trail while others demonstrate the gift of stamina as they run down a quarry. Beyond these two common traits, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by as the group is comprised of a very diverse lot of breeds.
Reviewed 11 July 2023 by Casey Knox, DVM