Basics of Dog Breed : Basset Artesian Normand

Posted on September 20 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Basset Artesian Normand

The Basset Artesian-Norman is a robust dog, much longer than high, well plumb, compact and very noble appearance.

Breed Information:

Origin:   France
FCI Group: Common Dogs, Blood Dogs and Related Breeds
FCI number: 34
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The origin of the Basset Artésien-Normand breed  dates back to the 1870s , when the first breedings of short-haired French Bassets began. The paternity of the breed is attributed to Count Jean-Emmanuel Hector Le Couteulx of Canteleu (1827-1910) and to Louis Lane. While the former has developed a dog to Artois' previous rights, the latter has concentrated his efforts on a former type called Norman.

The current name of Basset Artesian-Norman was formalized in 1924 . The latter has emphasized the Norman character of this dog. The race of the Basset Artesian-Norman was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on October 29, 1963.

Physical characteristics

His hair:  flush, short and tight, but not too thin. 
Its color:  tricolor (fawn with black and white coat) or two-colored (fawn and white). The coat consists of black or zoned hairs. 
His head:  of emaciated appearance. The skull is domed. The fracture of the forehead is marked, but not exaggerated. The truffle is black and broad, nostrils well open. 
His ears:  tied very low, never exceeding the line of the eye, narrow at their attachment, pullbouchonnés, flexible, not very thick, long and ended in point. 
His eyes:  oval, large, dark in color, displaying a calm and serious expression. 
His body:  the back is wide and well supported. 
Its tail : long, strong in its attachment, and tapering towards its extremity, carried in saber.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 15 kg and 20 kg Between 30 cm and 36 cm
Male Between 15 kg and 20 kg Between 30 cm and 36 cm

A Basset Artésien-Normand breed dog is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Artesian-Norman Basset is a dog that is both affectionate, active and happy . In addition to his fine and powerful flair and his determination when he starts to follow a track, he is also distinguished by his ability to give voice. The Basset Artesian-Norman is, indeed, a dog of first order . Evolving as well alone as in pack, it is mainly used for hunting shooting. If his favorite game is rabbit, he is also to his advantage with hare and deer. It is a friendly dog with children .


The  Artesian-Norman Basset  is neither aggressive nor dominant, but he remains  quite stubborn . His education must be both firm and gentle.


The Artesian-Norman Basset is a generally robust and healthy dog , but the breed has predispositions to certain diseases that are best monitored, such as ear infections , obesity and elbow dysplasia . It enjoys a fairly good life expectancy , since it is around 15 years on average.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Artesian-Norman Basset remains subject to an annual moult during which the loss of hair remains quite moderate. Its maintenance is extremely easy and not very restrictive, but it must be done regularly to preserve its appearance and health.


It is recommended to  brush the dog every 2 weeks or so . In times of moulting, brushing is to be done at a weekly rate. His  ears are to be inspected systematically  to reduce the risk of otitis. His eyes are also to be examined regularly, as they may tend to flow.

Physical activity

The Artesian-Norman Basset  needs long daily walks  to work out. Hunting dog par excellence, he must be able to remain active to be balanced and happy

Living conditions

Although it can benefit from long daily trips and varied activities, the Basset Artesian-Normand can quite adapt to an urban lifestyle and apartment. Of course, he will always prefer to move in a large fenced garden and enjoy greater freedom.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 500 € 800 €

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