902 758-3511



Watch for our road side sign...
Owners Don & Kim Arsenault with a favourite visitor, Abby...

Welcome to Ruff Country Kennel!


Our Hours

Open East Hants Day - Sat May 25, 11 to 3 

Our first Open House was great fun and real success; we thank all our 'friends both old & new' who dropped by to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us,

especially the four-footed

kind.  The day was made

perfect with the arrival

of eight new Labrador

puppies too, a mix of

yellow & black!


Ruff Country Kennel

is centrally located in picturesque Nova Scotia, Canada. We're just a half hour drive from the Robert L. Stanfield International Airport and about 30 min from the hub-town of Truro.  Our country property meanders along the beautiful Shubenacadie River. 


Once a working farm owned by the Rose family in historic Douglas Township (today's East Hants County), Ruff Country today provides the ideal location for a kennel.  Plenty of fresh air to romp in and nature all around to watch, winding forest paths and waterways for exercise & training ensure the 'old farm' enjoys an extended life well into the modern age.  Farm dogs were some of the very earliest working partners of people as human civilization evolved, and we think there's no better place than a farm for healthy, happy canines.


We maintain garden

beds at the entrance

off Highway 102, and

grow a significant

portion of our produce

out in the field past the

barn, currently using

container gardening

as a 'greener' way to

crop.  The Country Life

is reflected in the care and health of our own dogs and our visitors as well.


Lovely Labs born

March 2019 - so sweet!

Our boarders have a spacious yard...

We breed happy, healthy dogs!

Ruff Country Services:

Boarding - We've been providing quality care for our boarding clients for over 20 years. Our boarding facility is a small, family-run establishment with 17 boarding kennels. Each dog has his/her own kennel and all dogs are exercised four times per day, in a large fenced-in area.


Breeding - Ruff Country is a quality breeder of Labrador Retrievers & German Short Haired Pointers; watch our Facebook page for

Litter Announcements.

2019 marks our 25 year

in the dog business, and

we are proud to deliver

quality, caring services.  

We only breed our

females once per year

each.  And only 4 times

in their lifetime. 

At six years of age they

are spayed and they go

to new fur-ever homes, to enjoy well earned retirement. 


During their time with us they enjoy daily exercise in the great outdoors including swimming in our ponds, so they are healthiest mothers they can be!  Watch our Facebook page for litter announcements...


Training - NEW for 2019! Obedience Training - for multiple breeds...


Obedience Training - won't come when you call? drags YOU on the leash? Experienced trainer Don Arsenault  (call or text 902 758-5455), is now offering one-on-one Obedience training in addition to his hunting dog services. Don, co-owner of Ruff Country Kennel near Shubenacadie, NS says "It's all part of our 2019 25th Anniversary celebrations, as we expand our presence in the community & online this year.


Hunting Dogs - are working dogs, and workers deserve the best training for enjoyment & safety.  Kennel Owner/Operator Don Arsenault is recognized in the Atlantic Provinces as an exceptional trainer.  He has 22 years experience with all types of upland and waterfowl training.  Don takes a limited number of dogs each year, training from early spring through to the end of July, and for the month of September.


To make an appointment with him for a consultation or to book training please call Don at 902 758-5455 or email to don_arsenault@live.com.  Also check out Don's Facebook page...

Please check out our Facebook page for

Puppy News. To view web site photos, right mouse click on image and select 'open in new window' 


Monday through Sunday, we are open 8-12 and 4-6 daily.  Sorry no drop-ins folks! 

Call or Text anytime


SPRING PUPPIES - Upcoming Litters - the LAST of Ruff Country Kennel's Spring 2019 litters are expected soon. Male Echo and our Female Roxy (German Short Haired Pointers), are expected to deliver squirming, speckled bundles of joy around June 4th. Meanwhile, Black Lab lady Raven DELIVERED six pups by Yellow Lab dad Sonny Saturday May 25! Call or text 902 758-3511 to discuss getting on the waiting list!

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