The smallest of the retrievers comes from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, most likely developed by crossing the Chesapeake Bay Retriever with the Golden Retriever.
Powerful fox-like appearance with a broad head and strong, deep chest.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Requires regular brushing and combing.
- Coat Type: Medium in length, somewhat wavy.
- Moulting: Moderate shedding.
- Exercise Needs: Requires plenty of exercise and needs to be kept active. Anything involving swimming and retrieving is ideal for this dog.
- Average Life Span: 12 to 14 years.
- Family: Ideally suited to an active country dwelling family, with lots of space to run. Gets on well with children.
- Temperament: Very lively, active with great endurance.
- Trainability: Easy to train as it is highly intelligent and a fast learner that likes to work for its handler.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Gets along well with other animals but should be socialised from an early age.
- Barking: Low tendency.
With the correct training this dog will do well in flyball and agility trials, they also seem to show a talent for tracking and obedience.
Not prone to any major health concerns; however they may suffer from minor issues such as progressive retinal atrophy and canine hip dysplasia.