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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.

Key facts about the Norman Artesien Basset

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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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