Basset Artésien Normand

This superb Basset has magnificent qualities to be appreciated by all. Whether the master is a hunter or not, he makes an excellent life companion. Even if he loves hunting, the Basset Artésien Normand is extremely gifted for family life. Whether a city or country dog, he can adapt anywhere as long as he benefits from his daily exercise. Even though the breed is very rare, except in France and the United States, it's worth discovering it. Bassets in general have a good reputation, but this lovely little specimen has great aptitudes and qualities, making him a very special dog that is a must to discover.

Height 26 to 36 cm
Weight 14 to 20 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 15 years
Hair Loss High
Excercise Need Low
Home country France

Quick Overview of the Basset Artésien Normand


  • Calm and gentle
  • Affectionate and wise
  • A little self-centered
  • Slightly stubborn


  • Very tight, short and flat
  • Large dark, oval-shaped eyes
  • Big floppy ears
  • Long tail carried like a sword


  • Subject to overweight
  • Excellent life expectancy

Temperament of the Basset Artésien Normand

Calm, affectionate, gentle, a little self-centered but very wise, the Basset Artésien Normand loves attention. Like all Bassets, he is slightly stubborn but intelligent and easy to train.

Not at all gifted for guarding, he loves everyone. He loves children and their games and hates solitude. Enjoying being at home, he holds on to his little habits and hates change.

Excellent hunter for small game, he is very brave and probably the most intelligent of all hounds.

This pretty dog, with a particular physique and resembling his cousin the Basset Hound, is a pleasant specimen that is appreciated as much by hunters as families looking for a nice companion.

The Basset Artésien Normand is a member of the family in his own right. He hates loneliness and not a very good guardian but he is always joyful, cheerful and full of gentleness with all the members of the household, big and small. This special dog will entertain the crowds by adopting rather peculiar positions when sleeping.

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Breed Appearance

Normandy artesian basset hound

Cousin of the Basset Hound, the Basset Artésien Normand is much thinner and his characteristics are slightly less marked than his canine counterpart. Compared to his size, he is long and low on legs like others of the Basset Hound family.


Between 26 and 36 cm (10.24 to 14.17 inches) for the male
Between 26 and 36 cm (10.24 to 14.17 inches) for the female


Between 15 and 20 kg (33.07 to 44.09 pounds) for the male
Between 14 and 19 kg (30.86 to 41.89 pounds) for the female


His pretty dress can be fawn and white or fawn with a black and white coat.


His very tight coat is short and flat.


His dome-shaped head has a very pronounced stop. His large dark eyes are oval-shaped. His large ears are very flexible and drooping. His large nose is black. His tail is long and carried like a sword, barely touching the ground at rest.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #34

Characteristics of the Basset Artésien Normand

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Tips About this breed

Since he hates change, it is best to be certain of the location of his personal belongings because he will have great difficulty moving around. If you move him from one environment to another, he may settle in the original location for days before fully understanding and adapting to the change.

Excellent character but slightly stubborn, his education must be firm and very precocious. It is easy because he is docile and intelligent. He is very receptive to commands and has an excellent memory. As he hates changes, the commands must however be consistent and not vary.

Naturally sociable with everyone, humans and animals alike, his socialization does not require any special education. This strange, slightly egocentric dog loves to be taken care of. He greatly appreciates being the center of attention.

Health of the Basset Artésien Normand

He is usually in good health but must be able to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Enjoying been at home, he likes to stick to his little habits and hates change. Being overweight can create certain health issues. It is preferable to monitor his weight. His life expectancy is excellent and quite exceptional in the canine population.


His droopy ears should be monitored and cleaned regularly. Brushing should also be done on a regular basis, but maintenance is very easy and takes up little time.

History of this breed

This hunting dog of French origin comes from a cross between the Basset Normand and the Basset d'Artois. These two breeds, which are now extinct, were decisive in the spontaneous mutation set by the man who bred them, in order to obtain the particular and unique aspect found in the Basset Artésien Normand.

Introduced in the United States and England, the first standard was created in 1898 but was later modified in 1910 and 1923.

Although he was first and foremost created for hunting by Louis Lane and Jean-Emmanuel Le Coulteux de Canteleu during the 19th century, he is increasingly used as a companion dog today.

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