This breed was created in the late 19th century by the French breeders through crossbreeding the Basset Artesian with the Basset Normandy. It is widely spread especially in France.
It is a small-sized dog, with a very long body and short legs. The head is rounded, prominent, with a wide, medium length muzzle, with a black, wide nose. The eyes are big and dark. The ears are big, long, with pointed tips, drooping, straight or twisted with a very smooth skin. The tail is long, with a pointy tip and it is kept in the shape of a sword, but never on the back. The fur has short, smooth hair, not too delicate, close to the body. It can be tricoloured (white, orange and reddish) or bicoloured (white and orange). The legs are white.
It is a brave, sociable, friendly, gentle dog, with a strong sense of smell. It is attached to its master, to the family and children. It doesn't have problems with other dogs, because these dogs are usually raised in groups. If socialized with other household animals from an early age, there won't be any problems. Strangers are only barked at. It has the tendency to wander off on its own, especially if it catches the scent of potential game.
This dog's fur must be brushed with a rubber brush to remove dead hair. The claws must be kept short and the ears clean.
It is a dog that can adapt to any conditions but it needs exercise, having a moderate level of activity and enjoying long walks. It needs training and socialization.
It needs a perseverant, consistent and firm training, done by a gentle person with a lot of patience. It must be accustomed to cats and other household animals from an early age.
It is a good hunting and companion dog.