Basset Artesien Normand Dog Breed

  • Other names:
  • Norman Artesian Basset
  • Artesian Norman Basset
  • Basset Artesiano De Normandia
  • Basset Art Sien Normand
  • Basset Norman
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The Basset Artesian Normand (which is also known as the Basset Artésien Normand and the Norman Artésien Basset) is a medium-sized purebred dog that, despite the breed's given name being not yet 100 years old, comes from a group of predecessors that can be traced back more than 4,000 years ago. They are wonderful family dogs that have a superior hunting sense, relatively few health problems and an amicable temperament. They prefer the company of other pets, making them great additions to a multi pet household. This versatile breed can live indoors or outdoors but either way will need a great amount of exercise. They make up for their high maintenance physical needs in that they are extremely easy to groom. They are also fairly easily trainable — providing you have persistence, as they can be stubborn.

Basset Artesien Normand Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred10-12 yrs.12-14 in.30-40 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the details and specs for the Artesien Normand dog breed.

Basset Artesien Normand Breed Description

Your Basset Artesian Normand, once mature, should weigh about 33 pounds and stand around 12 to 14 inches high.

Basset Artesian Normands are great family dogs; they are extremely devoted and can be counted on to be excellent watchdogs. They enjoy nothing more than to be around people they love, and they prefer to remain with their family all the time. They will bark when strangers, odd sounds and unusual movement occurs but they are not aggressive unless aggressed upon. Basset Artesian Normands actually prefer the company of other pets, as their Basset Hound linage was customarily brought up in packs.

The Basset Artesian Normand requires minimal maintenance. A few brushings a week, gentle ear washings, occasional nail clipping and a close watch on the eyes is most of all that needs to be done aside from a closely monitored diet to keep him healthy and happy. Of course, lots of exercise, outdoor playtime, and attention is a must, but that should not be considered a chore!

Basset Artesien Normand Breed History

The Basset Artésien Normand, as it is internationally known, was not named as such until 1924. It was the Club du Basset Français (founded in 1910) that conceived the name for this specific Basset Hound. After considerable breeding experiments based on the 1898 breed standard for the Basset d' Artois (the predecessor of the Artésien), Leon Verrier — a club member who would become its president in 1927 — produced what was said to have been the best results; to this day he is known as the father of modern Basset Artesian Normand. The single outstanding distinction of this breed are the crooked front legs.

The Hound breed predecessor(s) to the Basset Artesian Normand are recorded as far back as 2200 B.C., and they make a number of appearances in art, literature and history in later millennia. Wall paintings on Egyptian tombs said to be approximately 4,000 years old depict what are clearly Basset Hound-styled dogs. In later centuries, the Greeks and Romans had long, squat hunting dogs that many believe to be similar to Bassett Hounds.

During the end of the Medieval period, France was where the Bassett Hound was shaped from a bloodhound (believed to be the St. Hubert Hound) into the beginning of the modern Basset Hound. In particular, it was the Abbey of St. Hubert's Benedictine monks, an abbey located in the Ardennes, that was responsible for this. The dogs were very popular and the monks supplied the dogs to the aristocracy (for hunting) as well as to French royalty. It was in France where the Basset Hound got its name; the term "basset" is French for "low-set".

As the Renaissance bloomed and eventually became the Early Modern period, the French Basset Hound was named according to its region. There were no fewer than seven regions and their respective Basset hounds: Basset d'Artois, Basset de Normandie, Basset bleu de Gascogne, Basset Griffon-Vendeen, Basset Ardennais, Basset Fauve de Bretagne and Basset Saintongeois. In the first quarter of the 19th century, much of the aristocracy and their holdings were separated and destroyed in the French Revolution, and this included some of the regional Basset types. Two of the strains that survived were the Basset de Normandie and the Basset d'Artois (both of which are now extinct as they went up into the Basset Artésien Normand), and these two regional Bassets were the ones that Leon Verrier cross-bred to produce the Basset Artesian Norman we know today.

The Basset Artésien Normand is also recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (under the name "Norman Artésien Basset") and the U.S.-based United Kennel Club (UKC) where it is also labeled a Scenthound.

Basset Artesien Normand Appearance

The Basset Artesian Normand is a long, low dog with a sloped head. His long, thin ears are beneath his eyes and will visually balance his large, deep mouth. Most obvious will be his forelegs: they are short and horizontally half-crooked, meaning they appear as if someone tied a rope somewhat tightly around his knees and pulled so that they point inward. Despite this odd aspect, he should be compact and well-balanced. His hair is usually short, smooth and somewhere between smooth and coarse in texture.

Basset Artesien Normand Coloring

Your Basset Artesian Normand may come in a variety of colors, but the most common is a two- or three-color coat that is usually white and orange or white, orange or tan with a black "blanket" over her back. Although breeders prefer white feet, yours may not bear that standard, and she may have a black or tan head with white around the nose and a white stripe between her eyes.

Basset Artesien Normand Size

The mature Basset Artesian Normand is a medium-sized dog about 12 to 14 inches high and should weigh approximately 33 pounds. Males and females are alike in both respects.

Average Adult Height

12-14 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

30-40 lbs

Basset Artesien Normand Temperament

This purebred's temperament should be along the lines of very friendly, easily trainable, extremely curious when a scent gets his attention and overall, a great family dog. As this breed came from Basset Hounds that were raised in packs as well as lived and hunted thusly, they socialize easily and are loyal, devoted dogs that are very easy-going. They are not aggressive although they will warn of unusual noises and approaching strangers with an unmistakably low, loud bark that makes them excellent watchdogs.

Basset Artesien Normand and Children

As your Basset Artesian Normand comes from regional Basset Hound breeds that were often among people of all ages, they get along wonderfully with children. They tend to move slowly, however, and can also be head-strong and as such, kids should be made aware of this and taught to not push down on or attempt to "ride" his low, long back.

Basset Artesien Normand and Other Pets

The predecessors of the Basset Artesian Normand were raised in packs and are easily socialized — but it's still best to socialize them early. Whereas many dogs are merely good with other pets, Bassets of all kinds tend to prefer the company of other dogs because their ancestors were pack-raised. They have hunting genes which go back millennia, however, so be aware that they may be tempted "to the hunt" by the presence — or even the scent — of smaller animals.

Basset Artesien Normand and Strangers

When strangers approach, the Basset Artesian Normand will make her presence known with her remarkably deep, long bark, and as long as she and her beloved family members are not threatened by passersby or strangers, she'll most likely welcome their presence if they approach her.

Basset Artesien Normand Maintenance

The Basset Artesian Normand is definitely a low-maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. Two or three coat brushings a week is fine, and bathing need only be done when necessary, i.e., when they get visibly dirty. (They do shed a lot, however, so be prepared to sweep and vacuum frequently.) Attention should be paid to their nails, ears, eyes and the area around the mouth. They will need time every day outside to run and play — which they can do for hours, so be ready to do that. Be sure to maintain a good diet so they don't become overweight.

Grooming Requirements

You should brush your beloved Basset Artesian Normand about two to three times weekly with a firm brush. Their ears should be gently cleaned at least once a week, and you should keep a close look on their eyes to make sure they remain clean. Their nails should be kept clipped. Perhaps the only outstanding grooming requirement is to keep the areas around their mouths and wrinkles dry because they drool a lot.

Exercise Requirements

The Basset Artesian Normand comes from thousands of years of hunting breeds, and they will need the opportunity to exercise — especially if you live in an apartment or some place that has no yard. Walks and visits to the dog park are a daily requirement, as they most likely won't exercise inside. They should not be encouraged to jump around and if they want to sleep with you, they should be assisted into and out of bed due to their short, crooked legs and the stress it can have on them and their backbones.

Living Requirements

Basset Artesian Normands are fine living in apartments, houses and most places. Unlike many breeds that are either best inside or outside, these dogs and their many predecessors were accustomed to life in the woods as well as indoors, so they should fare nicely so long as they are given attention.

Basset Artesien Normand Health

The general health of the Basset Artesian Normand is good, but the lack of problems is unfortunately made up for by the severity of the back problems brought on by the breed's elongated back and short, inward-bent knees. Daily exercise, a closely managed diet and making sure she does not jump around too much (especially into and out of your bed, if she prefers sleeping there) will help prevent back and joint problems. Keeping a keen eye on her ears, wrinkles, mouth and eyes is strongly recommended too, as ear infections and eye problems are possible, and the constant drooling may invite health concerns too.

  • Back Issues
  • Ear Infections
  • Eye Infections
  • Joint Problems
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Basset Artesien Normand Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Basset Artesien Normand as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • National Kennel Club
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
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