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Basset Artesien Normand

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Basset Artesien Normand

The Basset Artésien Normand looks a lot like a Basset Hound but is lighter in weight. They have short, straight legs and the body is twice as long as it is high. The head has a bony appearance. The domed skull has a pronounced occipital peak and stop. The cheeks may have one or two folds. The upper lip almost completely covers the lower lip. The dark eyes are large and oval. The neck is fairly long with a slight dewlap. The chest is broad and the back is also broad and level. The tail is long, thick at the base and tapers to a tip. It is carried in a sabre fashion. The close-lying short coat is tricolored, which includes fawn with white and black mantle. The head is mostly covered with reddish-fawn. Breeders prefer white feet.

Temperament The Normand is brave and determined during the hunt, but is gentle with children and makes a fine and trustworthy pet. This breed has a very deep bark and use their voice to announce strangers, but will welcome them warmly. They are easy to obedience train and are very good-natured. The Normand has an excellent nose and may take off after an interesting scent so care should be used when they are off lead. They get along well with other canines and also with cats if they are well-socialized.
Height, Weight Height: 10-14" ; Weight: about 33 lbs.
Health Problems The Normand is prone to disk disease due to its long back.
Living Conditions The Basset Artésien Normand is good for apartment living. They are fairly active indoors and a small yard will do.
Exercise This breed needs daily long walks, but remember that they will take off after an interesting scent.
Life Expectancy About 13-15 years
Grooming The coat is easy to groom. Brush with a rubber brush to remove dead hairs. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears often and keep toenails clipped.
Origin The Basset Artésien Normand was developed by French breeders Louis Lane and Count Le Couteux de Canteleu from the Norman Basset. They are dwarfed, full-sized hounds with shortened long bones and larger joints. By the turn of the century, they were developed into two lines: straight-legged hunters and crocked-legged, droopy-eared companions and show dogs. This handsome strong-bodied dog was developed strictly for utility, but its temperament made it also a good companion dog. Unlike other bassets, it will go into lairs after its prey. This breed was recognized in 1911 by the United Kennel Club.
Group Scenthound