The Artesian-Norman Basset is a short-legged, well-built hunting dog from France. At work, very persistent and fierce has well-developed drives. Used mainly as a hunter’s helper, not as a pet.
In terms of character, the Artesian-Norman basset is similar to its younger cousin – basset hound, although due to its smaller mass it has a slightly higher temperament. This dog is extremely gentle towards people and animals, which is perfect for a family dog. He is very patient and stoically tolerates children’s games.
It doesn’t need a lot of movement, at home, it behaves like a typical couch. Basset also has the features of a hunting dog, such as persistence and tenacity.
This is an older cousin of the popular basset hound presenting the original type of basset – a strong and short-legged dog, but agile and light, capable of long work with a hunter. The Artesian-Norman Basset was created for hunting with firearms for rabbits and hares. It also takes the trail of wild boar.
Training and education
Blind obedience should not be expected from BAN. In education, exceptional consistency and the use of a large number of rewards are recommended. From a young age, you should train your dog to come to the cry, rewarding each time you come. Although the basset is extremely attached to its human family, it sometimes “deaf” when it smells interesting. Despite these problems, BAN is a breed worth recommending.
Who is this race for?
The breed can be recommended even to novice owners, because it is a charming and gentle companion, although quite stubborn and endowed with his own opinion.
Advantages and disadvantages
- stubborn, endowed with his own opinion
- likes to follow fragrances
- nice family dog
- gentle to people and animals
- easy to care for
As with many dogs with a long torso and short legs, this breed may have back problems, so high jumps should be avoided.
The Artesian-Norman Basset is not overly demanding in terms of nutrition. Usually, he is a hungry eater, so you should control his weight, especially since every extra kilo is a load on the spine.
Care for a dog of this breed is uncomplicated. Just brush your short coat every two weeks, more often during molting. Attention requires ears that may tend to become infected, especially when wet. These dogs have no undercoat, so they require protection in winter – at low temperatures, it is worth putting on clothes.
According to the experience of the owners of dogs of this rare breed, the Artesian-Norman Basset (abbreviated as BAN) is often taken for a young or undergrown Basset Hound. Meanwhile, widely known around the world basset hounds are a newer “product” of American kennel, in which dogs were selected for exhibitions, selecting the heaviest individuals.
There are several breeds of short- and rough-haired bassets. They all come from France, and the word ‘bass’ in French means ‘low’, ‘low suspended’. The Artesian-Norman Basset is derived from two old types of Basset artesian and Norman, bred at the end of the 19th century. In the 1920s it was decided to combine the two races.
Leon Verrier, who managed to create dogs in the type desired by contemporary breeders, deserved especially in creating a new dog. The breed was named basset d’Artois. The FCI recognized it in 1938 and took its name: artesian-norman basset. During World War II, these dogs were almost extinct. BAN lovers, however, prevented their destruction. Today, BAN is extremely popular in native France. It remains rare in other countries of the world.
Artesian-Norman Basset – Group VI FCI, Section 1.3, Model No. 34
- Country of origin: France
- Character: very gentle and tender; persistent tracker, endowed with a great sense of smell
- Size: 30-36 cm
- Weight: 15-20 kg
- Coat: short, smooth and close-fitting
- Color: three – colored (red with black saddle pad and white markings) or two-colored (red with white markings)
- Lifespan: 12 years
- Vulnerability to training: average; he may be stubborn, likes to have his own opinion
- Activity: at home a typical couch (he loves to sleep!), But he won’t despise a long walk
- Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: resistant; may have back problems
Bassets come from long-legged hounds. Their short legs arose due to a genetic mutation. People perpetuated this mutation during breeding because it proved useful. The bassets were intended to work with a pedestrian hunter who could easily keep up with such a dog.