The Basset Hound appears a confusing set of breeds because there are a small number of similar purebred Bassets that all look very similar, namely the Basset Hound, the Basset Artesian Normand the Basset Bleu de Gascogne and the Basset Fauve de Bretagne. The basic difference is the colourations, and sizes, most other characteristics are the same.
What is the Basset Artesian Hound? The Artesian Basset also known as the Normand, the Basset Artésian Normand, or the Basset Norman. The Basset Artesian is a smaller lighter frame than the Basset Hound. Very popular in France and was historically used as a hunting dog. They have a deep loud bark when you consider their small size. An ideal family pet when socialised from a young age. It is recognised by the American Canine Registry, America’s Pet Registry and Dog Registry of America and is also recognised by the National Kennel Club (UK).
Quick Facts about the Basset Artesian Hound
The Basset Artesian Normand Hound
Has a Lifespan of
About 13 years
Height at the Withers
Males and Females reach between 25–36 cm or 10 & 14 inch
Males and Females 13 to 15 kg or 28 to 33 lbs
Recognised Pedigree Breed
Yes by the KC in the Hound Group
Average UK Price
£800 upward for KC Registered Dogs
£550 upward for Non KC Registered Dogs
Basset Artesian Normand General Appearance
What size is this breed? The Basset Artesian is a medium sized dog with a light frame, generally weighing about 31 to 40 pounds or (14-18 kg) reaching anywhere between 10 to 14 inch or (25–36 cm) in height.
The colors of a proper Basset Artesian’s coat are orange and white Orange, tan and white. Breeders generally prefer white feet.
These little pals are easy to groom. They have a smooth silky coat which requires some brushing but rarely matts. Flea treatment is required as normal, but trimming their hair by a professional groomer is unnecessary.
Perhaps the one area you may need to pay some attention to is their eyes and ears. You should be cleaning their ears and eyes regularly to prevent infections.
Basset Artesian Normand is a good choice for those short on time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. They are an ideal dog for beginners or novice dog owners.
Basset Artesian Normands shed moderately so you will get some hair on your trousers but not heaps. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and general activity outside.
Basset Artesian Normand Characteristics
The general personality of these dogs is one of intelligence, courage and gentle nature and absolutely love being petted and fussed over.
Basset Artesian have average obedience intelligence, are quite easy to train, very good at general commands such as sit, heel and stay. You may though need some patience for teaching this breed any tricks, their body type doesn’t allow them to spring about like a yorkie, but it’ll be worth your time being persistent and consistent in teaching new commands.
Basset Artesian Normand Behaviour
Basset Artesian, like most other dog breeds do like playing. They might bark in excitement whilst playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed in that they don’t entertain themselves like some dogs do.
Basset Artesian Normands have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Changing their daily routine wont phase them very much, so if you don’t live a 9 to 5 lifestyle it wont stress them.
When young, Basset Artesians can be prone to nip, chew, play-bite, or chase people. It’s a tendency during puppyhood, rather than aggressive behavior. These playful bites aren’t painful, however Basset Artesien Normands need to be disciplined for them to develop a good attitude.
These dogs are loyal, soft and gentle and affectionate dogs toward their owners. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered as a great therapy dog for those who confide in pets. This breed can read their owners emotion because they bond closely.
Basset Artesian Normands enjoy a lot of social interaction. They like to be with someone or around people. This breed doesn’t always like being left alone, historically they are a pack hound, used to having company be that human or other animals, they even like cats when introduced at a young age.
Apartments or Houses
Basset Artesian Normands are very apartment-friendly dogs and make excellent house dogs. Beside the daily walk outside, they don’t necessarily require a big garden.
These are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they’re consistent in their effort. They have good vocal cords and an acute sense of hearing. Usually, they’re territorial and protective about their property, so the Basset Artesien Normands will alert you if they sense something different.
They don’t normally bark, but when they do, it tends to be loud and low in tone, from the other side of the door they sound like a big dog. This breed could be a good choice if you live in an apartment block. They wont bark without good reason such as protection, alarm warnings, or being scared.
Despite their mild nature this breed is a very protective guard dog and won’t hesitate to protect their territory, so they make a good choice if you want a guard dog. Keep calm and the Basset Artesian Normand will take care of unwanted people or animals, moving surprisingly fast when needed.
Even though they don’t require marathon amounts of exercise the Basset Artesian can have a strong enough drive to escape from home simply out of curiosity. They have a powerful desire for exploring the world.
When walking them, keep them on a leash unless you have taught them how to come back to you on command. See our page on Train My Dog To Come When Called.
These dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don’t have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small animals, but they may try. Training will lead to better behavior.
Basset Artesian usually adapt well to life changes and any change in living environments. They don’t mind moving from one place to another with their owner. They are kind of friendly towards strangers and are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have young children and are normally friendly towards cats and other household pets.
Basset Artesien as a Companion Dog
Due to their mild nature, low exercise need and slow walking pace Top Lap Dogs would recommend them as a great choice for both elderly and handicapped.
On a one to one they make very good companion dogs being exceptionally loyal to single owners, my Shih Tzu Bailey for instance will change laps the moment he thinks there is a better offer for a treat or a fuss (traitor lol).
This is a really great lap dog ideal for any style or age of family. Ideal for novices or first time dog owners, great for those owners who have a need for a companion or those who need a friend to make them aware of people at the door.
This is not a choice of dog that anyone should be worried about taking into their home.
This post has come from our A to Z of Lap Dogs