Basset Artesien Normand
Looking for a sweet-natured scenthound with a charming personality? How about a smaller dog that is good around children and strangers? If you're a sucker for cute, droopy faces and charming long ears, the Basset Artesien Normand could be the breed for you!
Also known as the "BAN," the Basset Artesien Normand originated in France. Looking a lot like their cousin the Basset Hound, this particular basset was derived from a mix of Artois and Normandy breeds.
The BAN is considered a small game hound due to their length, sturdiness, and their main characteristic, their low center of gravity. Another striking characteristic - those long ears - can't be missed! The BAN weighs approximately 35 pounds and usually grows to 10 - 14 inches in height.
As a scenthound, Basset Artesien Normands, are excellent hunting dogs, but their skills don't end there! They are also commonly used for search and rescue and they are also known to make great therapy dogs!
This basset is extremely good-natured and has an outgoing personality, which makes this fur kid an excellent, loving companion. They do very well with families, and they're known to be highly adaptable to their environment. However, as this breed is a scenthound, they tend to be roamers, curiously seeking out various smells. Because of this, a fenced-in yard is strongly suggested!
Outgoing, but Relaxed
The Basset Artesien Normand is a relatively relaxed dog with a moderate activity level. They're not exactly an overall busy-body, but they will enjoy those walks in the woods where they can do what they do best: Sniff around!
Minimal Grooming Needs
The BAN's coat is short, slick, and sleek, meaning that they only require brushing about once every other week or so. Their color can vary slightly, but they're usually a typically houndish tri-color in white with orange patches.
Due to their long spine and short legs, this purebred is prone to Degenerative Disc Disease. Training your Basset Artesien Normand not to jump on furniture or climb stairs can be helpful during the puppy stage to help prevent injury. They can also be prone to ear infections, so keeping their ears clean is important. The average lifespan of a Basset Artesien Normand is between 12 and 15 years.
Do you think the Basset Artesien Normand would fit well into your lifestyle?
As you begin looking for a Basset Artesien Normand, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
And on a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
Dog Bible, Edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe, 2005