Norman Artesien Basset

Other names: Basset Artésien Normand

Norman Artesien Basset

The Basset Artésien and the Basset Hound are descended from the dwarfed hounds bred in France in the 1800s. The Artésien is lighter-boned than the English Basset Hound but both share striking similarities, and both are bred to hunt small game such as rabbits and hares. The Basset Artésien is not usually seen outside of its native France.

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Origins and history

French Bassets diverged at some point shortly after 1870. The two types then most commonplace were the Basset Artésien Normand and the Basset d'Artois. Both of these dogs continued to be bred to assist hunters. Due to its short stature the Basset Artésien was able to follow small game through burrows.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Norman Artesien Basset

Adult size

Female : Between 12 and 14 in

Male : Between 12 and 14 in


Female : Between 33 and 44 lb

Male : Between 33 and 44 lb

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A small, dwarfed dog with a long body and short legs. The head is noticeably domed and the muzzle broad and of a medium length. The eyes are large and expressive and the ears large and very long, hanging close to the cheeks and shaped in a ‘corkscrew’ manner. The tail of the active dog is carried out and upwards.

Good to know

To socialise a young Artésien is worthwhile. Dogs that have been introduced to other dogs and other animals are less likely to exhibit behaviour that is antisocial or unwanted.


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    An affectionate dog despite its hunting heritage, the well-adjusted Basset Artésien is not quick to anger.

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    An active dog that likes to play and interact; this dog is brave enough to withstand reasonably rough play.

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    A stable and confident dog, the Basset Artésien is not easily upset or made nervous.

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    The Basset Artésien is reasonably intelligent but is prized more for companionship than cerebral prowess.

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    It was originally bred to hunt small game and its prey instinct is still piqued by the scents of rabbits, squirrels and foxes.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    He is not aggressive in nature, and even less fearful, but he knows how to distinguish a "normal" situation from a potentially dangerous situation.

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    Basset Artésiens were bred to work as a pack in order to bag game. They are not overly independent and rely heavily on positive feedback and praise from their owner.

    Behaviour of the Norman Artesien Basset

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      Tolerates solitude

      This dog will tolerate a short period of solitude.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      To train the Basset Artésien requires the owner to deliver consistent and confident training. This is a dog that is easily distracted and quick to boredom.

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      This dog has a tendency to bark to excess.

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      Tendency to run away

      The Basset Artésien is hard to recall. It may not hear your command if it is focussed on a particularly interesting scent.

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      The Artésien can be destructive if left on its own for long periods of time.

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      Greedy / Gluttony

      To own an active dog does not preclude someone from administering a strict dog food diet. Basset Artésiens need two meals a day of high-quality dog food.

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      Guard dog

      This dog is not as vigilant a watchdog as some.

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      First dog

      The Basset Artésien is a suitable first dog. The inexperienced dog owner should take their time to learn about the breed and its foibles. This dog does not respond well to harsh criticism.

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        Norman Artesien Basset in a flat

        A well-fenced garden is an excellent provision for this dog. The Basset Artésien is content to live in a flat if it is regularly exercised.

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        Need for exercise / Sporty

        The Basset Artésien needs a reasonable amount of exercise every day.

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        Travelling / easy to transport

        Once trained, a Basset Artésien is comfortable with travel. To house the dog in a crate is sensible; make sure the dog is properly crate trained first.


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          Norman Artesien Basset and cats

          The Basset Artésien is tolerant of other animals, especially those with which it has been brought up.

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          Norman Artesien Basset and dogs

          Generally speaking, the Basset Artésien gets on with other dogs.

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          Norman Artesien Basset and children

          On the whole this breed is good with children, and it is tolerant of boisterous play.

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          Norman Artesien Basset and the elderly

          The Basset Artésien is not a great dog for people of senior years.



          We do not have enough data to set an average price for an Old Danish Pointing dog. You’re also looking at between £170 to £185 per month to care for this dog.


          This dog's fur must be brushed with a rubber brush to remove dead hair. The claws must be kept short and the ears checked regularly for signs of an infection or a build-up of wax.


          The Artésien sheds a lot and its hairs are hard to remove from upholstery and clothing.

          Nutrition of the Norman Artesien Basset

          It is always worthwhile to feed a Basset Artésien a high-quality and specially formulated dog food.

          Health of the Norman Artesien Basset

          Life expectancy

          14 to 16 years

          Strong / robust

          This is an active and courageous dog that likes nothing better than a day of outdoor exploration.

          Withstand heat

          The Basset Artésien is not especially tolerant of hot temperatures and is prone to heat stroke. Special care must be taken of the Basset Artésien during the summer months.

          Withstand cold

          The Basset Artésien is very tolerant of cold temperatures.

          Tendency to put on weight

          The Basset Artésien is more prone to weight gain than most. If your dog is not exercised as regularly as it should be and is fed too much human or substandard food it will quickly become obese.

          Common illnesses

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