Basset Artesian Normand
It is a straight-legged hound, whose body is twice as long as it is high. It has a dome-shaped head with hairy cheeks. Its eyes are large and serious looking. They have very long, soft, cone-shaped, pointed ears, giving a beautiful and a noble appearance. The Basset artésien Normand was used as hunters of rabbits. Today they are primarily bred to be pets.
The breed was recognized in 1911.The dog needed straight legs that would neither obstruct its speed nor drain its energy while working in hostile terrain. The strong-bodied handsome dog was developed for hunting foxes and hares. The Artesian Normand is ready to throw itself decisively into action, when larger dogs are unable to penetrate the brambles .The Basset Artesian Normand also makes a good companion dog because of its good temperament
The Basset Artesian Normand looks a little like a Basset Hound being lighter in weight. Its body is twice as long as it is high having short, straight legs .They have dome-shaped head and hairy cheeks. They have large and serious looking eyes having very long, cone-shaped, soft ears and is pointed giving a noble and beautiful looking. And the neck is slightly dewlap and the muscles are smooth with a moderate amount of wrinkles.
It has a large, black nose that protrudes slightly beyond the lips. Its tail is thick at the root and narrowing progressively carried with a saber curve. Their coat is very short, bicolor: orange and white, tan and white or tricolor. White feet are preferred by the breeders. Their length varies from 25 to 36 cm for males and for females it is 30 to 36 cm.
They have a courageous temperament, that is why they were a perfect hunting dog in the past. In the household they can take up commands well and are truly subservient .They are quite genius affectionate and energetic too.
They have a lifespan of around 13 to 15 years.
Basset Artesian Normand has a long back which is prone to disk disease.
It is the breed which requires very less maintenance. They have short smooth hair which would be easy to groom. Dead hair can be removed by a rubber brush by coating twice or three times a week. The Basset Artesian Normand has long droopy ears that need to be cleaned regularly to prevent infection. Regular clipping of nails is required.