6 Hounds and related breeds
In the 19th century, there were two types of bassets in France: the dense and relatively large Norman and the lighter Artois. Deciding to develop a new breed, the breeders crossed two Bassets and added the blood of the French hound to them. The result of this experiment was the emergence of a new breed of dog Artesian-Norman Basset. True, it was almost immediately divided into two types. Dogs with straight legs were intended for work, and animals with curved limbs were for exhibitions.
According to the standard of the International Canine Federation, the Artesian-Norman Basset must have muscular paws of a semicircular shape. It is curious that the height of modern animals is lower than their ancestors, by about 20 cm.
The first thing that catches your eye when meeting with the Artesian-Norman Basset is its sluggishness, incredible calmness and poise. Nothing seems to be able to bring this dog off balance. Some may seriously think that pets are lazy. But it’s not like that at all! In fact, the Artesian-Norman Basset is active and playful. It’s just that he will get no less pleasure from what lies on the couch next to his beloved owner. The dog does not need to be entertained, it will adapt itself to the rhythm of family life.
Artesian-Norman Basset is gentle with all members of his “flock”, but the most important thing for him is the owner. Therefore, it is important that it is the owner of the dog who raises the puppy. Moreover, it is advisable to start training from an early age. Some representatives of the breed can be very capricious, and it is necessary to show them who is in charge in the house.
The good-natured and peaceful Basset is sympathetic to children. He can endure the pranks and games of kids for a long time. Therefore, dogs of this breed have gained a reputation as good nannies.
As a rule, there are no problems with other animals in the house. Throughout the history of development, the Artesian-Norman Basset was kept in a pack, was hunting with relatives, so he easily finds a common language with other dogs. And yes, he’s kind to cats too. If the neighbor does not bother him, then they are likely to make friends.
The short coat of the Artesian-Norman Basset requires little grooming. Dogs are rubbed weekly with a damp hand to remove loose hairs.
Only the ears of the pet deserve special attention. They need to be inspected every week, cleaned as needed. The fact is that hanging ears, since they are not sufficiently ventilated, are prone to the development of infectious diseases and inflammation.
Conditions of detention
Artesian-Norman Basset is a versatile dog in terms of keeping conditions. He feels equally comfortable both in a city apartment and in a private house. A pet is unlikely to require many hours of walks from the owner, and in cold weather, he would rather prefer a cozy warm house.