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Basset Artesien Normand – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 33 pounds
Height: 10 to 14 inches
Longevity: 0
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt Basset Artesien Normand, Dog Breed Guide


The Basset Artesien Normand (pronounced Bas-SAY Ar-TESS-ee-en Nor-MAN), has this short stumpy feet and long body length, long ears and walks with a wobble due to the shortness of their legs. But their comical appearance has a purpose, the French breeders who created them the way they are today wanted a muscular and highly skilled scent hound which can follow small preys in very small spaces!

Official Name

Basset Artesien Normand
Other Name – BAN


Date – late 19th century / Country: France
Family / Group: Scent Hound, Hound

Recognized By

United Kennel Club


The Basset Artesien Normand was created by French breeders in the late nineteenth century from a mix of bassets from Normandy and Artois. The pioneer breeders of these dogs wanted to develop a hound that is compact in size to fit small spaces while hunting small games.


The Basset Artesien Normand dog is naturally a good tempered, outgoing dog that makes a loving companion. It does well with families with young children and it very adaptable to most living conditions. But be careful, the BAN is known to be a roamer and should be guarded and supervised. Like all the master smellers of the scent hound family, they are sweet tempered and tolerant and rarely bites.

Bred For

Developed in France to answer the need for smaller sized scent hounds, these dogs can fit into small spaces where smaller games hide.


A breed which is impressively adaptable when it comes to living conditions. They are can thrive in city, rural and suburban home settings.


Grooming is very easy and seldom done. Bathing should only be done when necessary. It is recommended to have their ears clean once a week.


Like all scent hounds, the Basset Artesien Normand can be quite hard to train as they get easily distracted by various scents. Obedience and housebreaking training on this dog should be done in an early stage.


The Basset Artesien Normand is more prone to disc diseases compared to their other scent hound cousins. Having their ears check by your vet regularly is also recommended.


They may be small and comical for their height, but the Basset Artesien Normand is a dog that demands regular amounts of exercise. Long daily walks will have them stay healthy and on their best behavior.