basset artesien normand breed information

common health issues

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

With intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) one or more of the discs that sit between vertebrae break down and their extruded contents bulge into the vertebral canal, pressing on the spinal cord. Symptoms range from mild back or neck pain to paralysis of the limbs. Mild IVDD can be managed medically, but severe IVDD cases require surgery to provide relief.

GDV describes a condition whereby a dog's stomach becomes dilated with air and then, while dilated, twists over on itself, effectively sealing the stomach. The most common sign of bloat is a firm, distended stomach, especially if it seems to occur rapidly. GDV is one of the true life-threatening emergencies in dogs and many cases require emergency surgery.

Originating in the Artois and Normandy regions of France in the 1600s, the Basset Artésian Normand is one of six recognized French Basset breeds. She was – and still is – used for hunting foxes and hares, sometimes with larger hounds. Like other bassets and terriers, she will pursue her prey into its lair, though underbrush and brambles. Although the breed was recognized in 1911, she is still very rare outside her native France.

The Artésian weighs around 35 lbs. and looks like a lighter version of a Basset Hound. Her body is twice as long as it is high, and she sports a short, tri-colored coat of black, white and tan or orange. She only needs to be brushed and bathed occasionally, but her long ears will need regular cleaning to keep them free of infection.

Bred to hunt, the Artésian is a brave, determined and headstrong dog. However, her friendly, good-natured temperament also makes her a good family companion. She is known to be gentle with children and gets along well with cats and other household animals, provided she has known them from a young age. She has a very deep bark and may loudly proclaim the arrival of strangers, but will still give them a warm welcome. Calm, consistent training will reinforce her natural obedient tendencies.

Courage aside, the Basset Artésian Normand is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Artésian is prone to include joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia; spinal conditions such as intervertebral disc disease; and stomach conditions such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat).

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Artésian inherits anything more than a deep, welcoming bark, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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