Basset Artesian Normand
Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris
Country of Origin: France
Height: 30 – 36 cm (Adult)
Weight: 17 kg (Adult)
Color: Fawn, black and white; fawn and white
Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 years
Temperament: The Basset Artesian Normand is fairly easy to obedience train.
Litter Size: 2 - 6 puppies
Health Problems: The long back of the Basset Artesian Normand is prone to disk disease.
Centuries ago, and even now, French people have huntingpacks. In the beginning mainly the noble men had their own pack, mostly high rise hounds such as the Poitevin or the Anglo-Francais.
But the nobles also loved the Bassets. You can still see castles in France where the kennels have remained untouched. For example Chateau Fremont where breeder Count de Peufeuillou had his pack around 1910. The Basset Artesian Normand looks a little like a Basset Hound, but is lighter in weight.
A short, straight legged hound, its body is twice as long as it is high. Its head is dome-shaped and powerful with hairy cheeks. Its eyes are large and serious looking. Its ears are very long, cone-shaped, soft and pointed, giving the head a noble and beautiful appearance. The neck is slightly dewlap and the muscles are smooth with a moderate amount of wrinkles.
The chest is round with a clearly visible sternum. The large, black nose protrudes slightly beyond the lips. The tail is thick at the root, but narrowing progressively, and carried with a saber curve. The coat is very short, bicolor: orange and white, or tricolor: orange, tan and white. Breeders prefer white feet.