Nova Scotia Retriever

Other names: Nova Scotia Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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The Nova Scotia Retriever is a medium-sized dog with a compact build, powerful and well-proportioned, with well-developed musculature and fairly heavy bones. However, this does not prevent it from displaying remarkable agility. The gaits of the Nova Scotia Retriever are characterized by fast, active, flexible and clear movements.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Canada
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 18 kg to 20 kg From 45 cm to 49 cm
Male From 20 kg to 23 kg From 47 cm to 51 cm
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History of the breed

As its name suggests, this dog is originally from Nova Scotia , a province on the east coast of Canada. The Nova Scotia Retriever breed was developed in this region from the early 19th century. She was specifically bred for duck hunting.

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Physical features

His hair: medium length, soft, straight to slightly wavy. The outer coat is associated with a dense and soft undercoat, the whole giving the dog a very good resistance to cold and humidity. Forming abundant fringes on the tail.
Its color: all shades ranging from red to orange, with lighter colored fringes and a white mark at the end of the tail, feet, chest and muzzle (list).
His head: well drawn, well proportioned to the whole and almost wedge-shaped. The skull is broad and a little rounded, the occiput not prominent, the cheeks flat, the stop moderately marked, the nose tapering towards its extremity, the nostrils well open, the lips well applied, the jaws powerful and articulated in scissors.
His ears: medium in size, triangular in shape, set high, slightly raised at birth.
His eyes: medium size, amber to brown in color, almond shaped, displaying a look full of liveliness and intelligence.
His body: harmoniously proportioned, with medium to heavy frame, but allowing great agility. The neck is well muscled and of medium length, the top line horizontal, the back short and straight, the loins solid, the chest well let down to the elbows, the sides well supported and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: covered with abundant fringes, thick at its base, carried at the level of the line of the back or lower when the dog is at rest, raised and curved when it is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Nova Scotia Retriever   is an intelligent, playful and alert dog . Specialized in duck hunting , he loves to move in the water to bring back game after the gunshot. Outside of the hunt, the Nova Scotia Retriever shows off its cheerful , affectionate and energetic temperament.

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The education of the Nova Scotia Retriever requires a certain firmness , but without balance of power. His intelligence, his taste for work and his receptivity greatly facilitate his learning, especially through positive reinforcement and play . It is important to teach him to recall from a young age .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Nova Scotia Retriever   is intended for active teachers , willing to take it for a walk and play it frequently. He gets along with the whole family and needs space. A house with a large fenced garden would therefore be the ideal living environment for this dog.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Nova Scotia Retriever   is a robust and resistant dog , especially in the face of bad weather and cold thanks to its double and dense coat. There is no predisposition to a disease, with the exception, in some subjects, pyotraumatic dermatitis (also called hot spot ), which corresponds to acute weeping dermatitis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 10 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Collie’s eye anomaly (AOC)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Addison’s disease
Occasional concerns
Pyotraumatic dermatitis
Suggested tests

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Nova Scotia Retriever dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Nova Scotia Retriever is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Nova Scotia Retriever   is subject to seasonal shedding during which it can lose a lot of hair. Outside this period, its maintenance does not present any particular constraint , as long as it is carried out on a regular basis.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week . During the moult, brushing becomes more frequent, even daily. It can be bathed occasionally , if needed.

The claws need to be maintained regularly, just like the ears, which must be examined and cleaned once a week to prevent infections. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
1600 €

The purchase price of a Nova Scotia Retriever is between $ 1,200 and $ 1,600.

Annual maintenance cost

400 €
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Nova Scotia Retriever is between $ 400 and $ 600.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Nova Scotia Retriever   is an active dog and therefore needs one or two long walks a day . He also needs to play with his owner and must have the possibility of evolving regularly on natural sites, ideally with water points.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1981


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