Basset Artesien Normand

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Basset Artesien Normand History

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne, or Basset Artesien Normand, is a low-set, short-haired, hound-type gundog of French descent. It is closely related to the Basset Hound. The history of the Basset-Artesien Normand, or BAO, begins with the introduction of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne in France during the 16th century. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne, or Great Blue from Gascony, was a large, long-legged type of hound. In the 17th century, the Grand Bleu was crossed with the Petit Chien de la Bergerie, or Small Hunting Dog, another French scenthound. The result was a new type of scenthound that became known as the Petite Griffon Vendeen, meaning “Small Griffin of Vendee”. The Petite Griffon Vendeen spread through France, and by the end of the 18th century it was known throughout France as the “Bétail Français”. In 1867 the “Bétail Français” was officially renamed the “Bétail Fauve de Bretagne”, or “French Shorthaired Basset”. The modern Basset-Artesien Normand descends from the “Bétail Français”. The “Bétail Français”, or “French Short-haired Basset”, was a medium-sized, short-coated scenthound with drop ears and drooping eyelids.

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Basset Artesien Normand Physical Characteristics

The Basset Artesien Normand is a small, short-legged, long-bodied breed of hound. They stand between 8 and 9 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 10 and 25 pounds. They have a flat head with a rounded nose, large, droopy ears, and a long tail. Their body is long and compact. They have a thick, rough, shaggy, and wiry double coat of white, gray, and black with a bold, dark muzzle. They are known for their distinctive “wobble” walk.

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Coat Colors

Black, White, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 12 – 14 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 33 – 44 lbs

Female Weight Range: 33 – 44 lbs

Basset Artesien Normand Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Basset Artesien Normand Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Intervertebral Disc Problems, Ear Infections, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Weight Gain

Basset Artesien Normand Temperament and Behaviour

The Basset Artesien Normand is a breed of dog that is known for its calm and gentle disposition. This breed is not known for being aggressive or for barking excessively. They are known for being very loyal and loving towards their family and make great companions. They are also known for being very patient, which makes them good with children.

Basset Artesien Normand Activity Requirements

The Basset Artesien Normand is a French hunting dog, and is believed to be an ancient predecessor to the modern Basset Hound. While they are not as high-energy as some other breeds, they do still enjoy a daily walk. A daily walk is important for your Basset. They need regular daily exercise and mental stimulation. This can help them avoid behavior problems and develop good habits. While they do require regular exercise, a Basset Artesien Normand is not a very active dog. They are better suited to homes with yards where they can explore and sniff around. A backyard with a fence is a perfect place for a Basset.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Artesien Normand is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Artesien Normand is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Basset Artesien Normand is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Artesien Normand is part of the Unclassified group.

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