Basset Artesien Normand
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History The Basset Artesien Normand is among the six recognised French Basset breeds. This breed originated in Artois and Normandy and has been in existence since the 1600s. It was only in 1870, though, that the documentation of the French Basset as a purebred breed started. Two strains have been developed from this common ancestral type. These strains included dogs with crooked front legs and those with straight front legs.
Leon Verrier, a French breeder, developed the standard for the Basset Artesien Normand, which is a mix of attributes found in both varieties. Dogs of this breed were primarily developed for utility, but due to their good temperament, they also make great companion dogs. Basset Artesien Normands are used for hunting hares and foxes. Sometimes, they are paired with larger hounds. In 1910, the breed club was formed, and in 1924, this breed was given its current name.
Appearance Basset Artesien Normands look similar to Basset Hounds, although the former is lighter in weight. The Basset Artesien Norman has short, straight legs, and the length of their body is twice that of its height. These dogs have a dome-shaped head that features hairy cheeks. They have large, serious-looking eyes. Their cone-shaped ears are very long, pointed, and soft, which give their head a beautiful and noble appearance. Dogs of this breed sport a large, black nose that protrudes slightly beyond their lips. They have a slight dewlap at the neck and they have smooth muscles with a moderate amount of wrinkles. Their tail tapers with a saber curve, and they have a very short coat.
Colours Dogs of this breed can be bicolored (fawn and white) or tricolored (fawn and white with a patch of black across the back). Breeders of Basset Artesien Normands prefer white feet.
Temperament Basset Artesien Normands are determined and brave when it comes to hunting, but they are gentle with children and make great pets. When strangers arrive, these dogs may bark loudly with their very deep bark, but they will still welcome guests. Being obedient and good-natured, these dogs are valued not just as hunters, but also as companions. Dogs of this breed can get along well with other canines and household pets if they are socialized properly at a young age.
Weight These dogs are 10 to 14 inches high, and weigh approximately 33 pounds.
Problems Because of its long back, the Basset Artesien Normand is susceptible to getting afflicted with disk disease.
Living Conditions The Basset Artesien Normand can be fairly active indoors, which means that dogs of this breed can be kept inside apartments. It's still best, though, if they are given at least a small yard where they can run around and play.
Requirements These dogs need to be taken out for long walks daily. It's important for owners to keep in mind that these dogs tend to follow an interesting scent. When this happens, the owners should put a piece of their clothing or another thing that has their scent on them near where the dog took off, and they will most likely find their dog in that place after a few hours or in the next morning.
Training Requirements Basset Artesien Normands are fairly easy to obedience train. Owners need to socialize these dogs with other dogs and pets at an early age.
Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed usually live for around 13 to 15 years.
Grooming The short coat of these dogs make them easy to groom. Owners just need to rub a rubber brush over their dog's coat on an occasional basis to remove dead hair. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary. It's important that the ears of these dogs are cleaned regularly and that their toenails are always kept short.
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