(Artesian Norman Basset, Basset Artesiano de Normandia, Basset Artesien Normand, Basset artesian normand) Although lighter in weight than the Basset Hound, the Basset Artesian Normand is reminiscent of the breed. Basset Artesian Normands have a short body that is twice as long as it is tall. They have stout legs and a slightly dewlapped, muscular neck. Their chests are round with a prominent sternum. Basset Artesian Normands have a dome-shaped head with hairy cheeks and large eyes. Their long ears are cone-shaped and soft, and their noses are large, black, and slightly prominent. They have tails that taper with a saber curve. Basset Artesian Normands have short coats that may be bicolor: orange and white or tricolor: orange, tan, and white. Generally, this breed has white feet.
The Basset Artesian Normand is courageous and steadfast in the hunt, but he is very gentle and stable around children. Basset Artesian Normands are comparatively easy to obedience train and they make excellent companions and family pets. While they have a propensity to bark loudly, they will also give strangers an inviting welcome. They are not usually aggressive towards other dogs, and they will generally get along well with other pets. Basset Artesian Normands are natural-born hunters, so they will frequently follow scents.
Rarely Artesian Normands will be aggressive towards humans. They tend to be loyal and sometimes protective.
Because of their long backs, Basset Artesian Normands are prone to disk disease. They typically live for 13 to 15 years.
One of six recognized French Basset breeds, the Basset Artesian Normand originated in Artois and Normandy. The Basset Artesian Normand dates back to the 1600’s. The breed’s modern standard was developed by a French breeder by the name of Leon Verrier. Leon Verrier blended characteristics of two distinct types of prior Basset Artesian Normands. The breed was officially recognized in 1911.
Basset Artesian Normands have a smooth, short-haired coat that is easy to groom and care for. A rubber brush should be used over this breed’s coat to removed dead hair. Shampoo their coat only as necessary. The ears of the Basset Artesian Normand should be cleaned regularly, and his toenails should be clipped short.
Basset Artesian Normands are suited for a small household or apartment life. They are comparatively active indoors and are content with a small yard. The Basset Artesian Normand enjoys going for a walk, but owners should be aware that this breed will chase after an interesting scent.
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