Basset Artésien Normand
Table of contents
Norman Artesian Basset
Males 33-36 cm
Females 29-33 cm
White, orange-white, white-red with cheprak
Hounds and related breeds
Hunting dogs, dogs for kids, dogs for apartments
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The creation of the Basset Artésien Normand Basset breed in the 19th century is attributed to France’s breeders – Louis Lano and Count Lecute de Cantel. They took the now-extinct breeds – the Norman and Artoisian Basset – as an example and added a French hound’s little blood. Everyone was happy with the result; for a long time, the Basset Artésien Normand was the most popular breed in France. The first standard of the breed was introduced in 1898, and the club of fans of the breed appeared 29 years later. Today, the Basset’s popularity is slightly declining; representatives of the breed can be found in France’s homeland. It is also common in the United States and Great Britain.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Basset Artésien Normand, with its short straight limbs, is almost 20 cm shorter than its ancestors. The maximum height at the withers of the modern Basset reaches 36 cm. The stocky dog of elongated format can weigh no more than 15 kg. Dark oval eyes look at the world a little sadly; low-set floppy ears curl into a spiral. The massive head, convex skull, chest, a generally strong torso, and well-developed musculature give away the Basset Artésien Normand as a professional hound. The thick saber-shaped tail does not curl over the back, and the coat is short and dense. The color can be tricolor (black, white and brown) and bicolor (fawn-white).
Balanced character, total calmness, and sluggishness. It is how the Basset Artésien Normand is described by the cynologists. To throw this breed out of equilibrium is still a long way to go. Dogs know how to create the impression of total laziness, but it is far from it. Basset loves to chase small animals and play with family members. But to lie on the couch with the owner – a holy thing. The character of Basset Artésien Normand largely depends on the owner and the environment in which he gets. The dog does not need to be entertained; it will adjust itself to the rhythm of family life. Basset Artésien Normand loves to play with children, finds common interests and games for fun with them at the speed of light. Even cats should not be afraid of these big-eared dogs. The small size of the basset is not an indicator of his cowardice. He can fight back anyone who tries to hurt his beloved owner or members of his “pack.
The Basset Artésien Normand is very suitable for keeping in an apartment. If you’re a little lazy (no one would guess that), then this dog is just perfect for you! It does not need to be walked often; even in cool weather, it probably will refuse to go out for a long walk. But don’t forget that it’s still a hunting dog, and to meet its latent needs, a training session with a specialist is worthwhile.
It does not require any special care for a short coat. Wipe with a cleaning cloth and comb out with a special brush, and all will be happy. But pay special attention to the ears’ hygiene; they need to be constantly monitored, there may live parasites.
The Basset Artésien Normand is characterized by stubbornness and independent character during training. It is not represented by special obedience; it always wants to act at its discretion. Only proper training will help to form a good family dog. Socialization of the basset is worth starting as early as possible. If desired, you can involve the dog in hunting small games.
The Basset Artésien Normand has virtually no health problems and is a strong and hardy breed. But like other dogs with floppy ears, Basset Artésien Normand hounds are prone to ear canal infections. To prevent inflammation, you should clean your pet’s ears three to four times a week with a damp cloth. Another weakness of this breed’s representatives is the musculoskeletal system; in particular, problems with the spine may occur. Exercise caution should be exercised at all times, and preventative examinations at the veterinarian should be attended to.
The Basset Artésien Normand is a fast-growing breed, and it is essential to feed the dog from infancy properly. An adult representative of the breed can eat up to 400 grams of meat and meat products daily. It is better to give up pork, it is too fatty for them, but you can add a dose of animal fat to dishes in winter. Using up to 100 g of cereals and 200 g of vegetables, make rich soups for your beloved pet. In spring, you can add finely chopped herbs (nettles, sorrel, lettuce) to them. The Basset Artésien Normand dog’s daily diet should also include some bread.