Medium size, this superb dog is compact, powerful, muscular and very well proportioned.
Extremely agile, determined and very alert, the Nova Scotia Retriever has a medium to heavy-frame. His generally rather melancholy appearance becomes concentrated and intense at work.
Between 48 and 51 cm (18.90 to 20.08 inches) for the male
Between 45 and 48 cm (17.72 to 18.90 inches) for the female
Between 20 and 23 kg (44.09 to 50.71 pounds) for the male
Between 17 and 20 kg (37.48 to 44.09 pounds) for the female
His coat varies in shades of red to orange, with fringes, and the hair on the lower part of the coat and tail are the same shades, but with a much lighter tone.
His coat is waterproof and lined, like all water retrievers. Medium length, the coat is relatively soft, with an undercoat that is even softer and very dense.
His head has a rather broad skull with a moderately marked stop. His eyes are medium size and almond-shaped, and vary from amber to brown.
His ears are triangular, medium size, and set high on the skull but rather set back.
His nose is in harmony with his coat. His broad tail is composed of abundant fringes, and thus prolongs the slope of the rump.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 8, section 2 and is #312