basset artesien normand breed information
common health issues
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.