902 758-3511



Watch for our road side sign...

Welcome to Ruff Country Kennel!


Our Hours

Sat May 25, 11 to 3 - As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2019, we are proud to welcome locals & visitors to tour our Kennel & grounds on Open EH Day.  We board, breed & train dogs, whether companions or hunters. Our own dogs (Labs & GSPs), are mild tempered and friendly, and our boarders have their own facilities. Drop by between 11am & 3pm for a slice of birthday cake and a look 'round.  We generate some of our own heat by burning waste wood, and grow some of our own food, while the dogs enjoy plenty of fresh air & sunshine.  Dogs bred here or just even visiting enjoy a true country-side experience!   


Thanks to the

East Hants Chamber

of Commerce for

their coordination of

this annual

community event -

visit their map page

to see this year's participants

- https://www.ehcc.ca/open-east-hants-day/



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.


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

upcoming litters... 


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

Call or Text anytime 902-758-3511

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