Original Name : Basset Artésien Normand
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 11¾-14¼ inches
Male weight : 33-44 lbs
Female size : 11¾-14¼ inches
Female weight : 33-44 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
Bassets Artésiens Normands are small-game dogs used by hunters with guns that can work alone or in a group. Their short legs enable them to penetrate very dense vegetation, which are off limits to larger dogs, to flush out game. They like to hunt rabbits, but hares and roe deer are also within their capabilities. They track and flush with great assurance, not speedily, but methodically and noisily.Bassets Artésiens Normands are tenacious, vociferous hounds with a very fine nose that do not pull too hard on the line on the trail of their mark. They are naturally cheerful and very affectionate.
Domed skull and clear occipital protuberance, generally lean head.
Broad, very firm back, slightly tucked-up loins, long, oval chest, well prolonged sternum at back and prominent in front, developed brisket.
Fawn with black and white (tricolor) or fawn and white (bicolor) mantle.
Set as low as possible, never above the eyeline, straight at the base.
Rather long, strong at the base and gradually tapering.
Close, short and smooth, not too fine.
Controlled breeding of the shorthaired French basset began in the 1870s. Using bassets of apparently common origins, two separate types were established: a working breed with straight front legs, which was named the Basset d'Artois, and a more spectacular type with bent front legs, which was given the name Basset Normand. It was only in 1924 that the name Basset Artesien Normand was adopted.
When he took leadership of the breed club in 1927, Léon Verrier expressed a wish to strengthen the breed’s Norman character, in contrast to the Artois Hound. The book of standards published three years later therefore stated that the “Basset Artésien Normand ought to be only one step away from a Norman type, without a trace of the Artois.”