Basset Artesian Normand is one of the six recognized French Basset breeds. The Basset Artesian Normand looks a little like a Basset Hound, but is lighter in weight.
Originating in Artois and Normandy, it dates back to the 1600s. Bassets are dwarfed, full-sized hounds, retaining the body lengths of their forebears, but with enlarged heads, shortened long bones, and larger joints. Their short stature allows hunters to follow them easily on foot. By the turn of the 20th century, the Basset Artesian Normand was developing into two distinct lines, straight-legged hunters and crocked-legged, droopy-eared companion and show dogs. French breeder Leon Verrier developed today’s Basset Artesien Normand standard, which blends attributes of both varieties. The Artesian Basset needed straight legs that would neither hinder his speed nor drain his energy in order to work in unruly terrain, brush and briar. The Basset Artesien Normand is a strong-bodied dog and was developed strictly for utility, but because of its good temperament, also makes a good companion dog. It is used for hunting foxes and hares, sometimes in company with larger hounds. When the larger dogs are unable to penetrate the brambles, the Basset Artesien Normand is ready to throw itself decisively into action. Like other bassets and terriers, it will go into lairs after its prey. The Basset Artesien Normand dog breed was recognized in 1911.
Basset Artesien Normand is gentle with children and makes a fine pet.
Basset Artesien Normand dogs have a very deep bark and may bark loudly when strangers arrive, but will still give a warm welcome. Good-natured and obedient, the Basset Artesien Normand is valued as a companion as well as an excellent hunter. Many French owners embrace this dwarfish hunter and welcome him into their home as a member of their family. He has an excellent nose and loves to take off after an interesting scent, so be careful he does not slip away from you. They will get along nicely with other breeds; they live in packs in France. If they are socialized with cats and other household animals when they are young, they will get along with them as well. Owners should be firm, but calm, consistent and confident in their approach.
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