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Basset Artesien Normand
The ancestor of the popular Basset Hound, the Basset Artesian Normand is a much more moderate animal.  Weighing in at a maximum of 35 pounds and without the excess skin, this breed seems almost underdone by comparison.  But the warm expression and lustrous pendulous ears are just as effective in pulling the heartstrings. Surprising that this breed is not better known in the US because its charm is quite appreciated in its native France.
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General Information
Group(s): Scent HoundHounds Height: 10-14 inches
Weight: up to 35 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: tri-color or orange and white, lemon and white acceptable Coat type: smooth
Recognized Registries: NCA, FCI, UKC
Overall Appearance: Charming, jaunty dog of immense charm with soft warm expression, pendulous ears and enthusiasm for work.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: low to moderate
General Nature: genial
  with Children: generally exceptional especially if properly supervised with well mannered children
  with other pets: generally good
  with dogs: generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: One that understands the nature and challenges of a Scenthound
Temperament Notes: happy, intelligent and vivacious
Training requirement: moderate; socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes:
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1870s with the Standard written in 1938
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Scenthound
History: An ancestor of the Basset Hound popular in the US,
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: hips and eyes
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Basset Artesian Normand (BAN)?
  • What do you like best about them?
  • How would you describe the ideal BAN?
  • What do you consider the single most important characteristic of the breed?
  • What health issues have you observed?
  • What criteria do you seek in your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What age do you send the pups to their new homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal BAN home?
Web Sites: Currently no rescue or parent club seems to be in existence in the US for this breed.  However it is very likely that the Basset Hound rescues would be delighted to offer assistance to any BAN that might need a help.  After all, they owe the existence of Basset Hounds to these little dogs!
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Breed standard: UKC Standard

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