The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Quick Facts

- Fine for novice dog owners
- Good with children
- Good with other animals
- Medium size
- High exercise need
- Medium shedding
- Low guard dog abilities
- High ease of training

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest of all the retrievers. They are also known as the Toller. They were developed in Nova Scotia Canada during the beginning of the 19th. Century. Their exact origins are not known, but it is suspected that they were originally a blend of Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Irish Setter. They were officially recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1945, but did not gain official recognition in the American Kennel Club until 2001. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever became the Provincial dog of Nova Scotia in 1995.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good natured exuberant dogs. They are active and playful and need a family who shares their fun loving enthusiasm for life. They are intelligent dogs, easy to train and adaptable, and make a fine choice for the novice dog owner. They can at time be a bit stubborn and perhaps too clever for their own good, but they are never a real problem.

Duck Tolling Retrievers are a bit more reserved with strangers than most of the other Retriever breeds. However, much like their kin they are too friendly and sweet natured to be considered good home guardians. Although, they are very loyal devoted dogs and would defend their humans if needed.

Tollers are very active dogs and require at least an hour or two of exercise daily, preferably with some swimming included. When ill exercised and bored, they can be diggers and destructive chewers. Due to their intelligence and agility, they excel at many of the organized dog sports and trials. Owners might enjoy entering them in conformation shows, agility and obedience trials, field trials, scent hurdles and flyball. They also make excellent bicycling, jogging and rollerblading companions, and are superb therapy dogs and search and rescue dogs.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers make excellent additions to an active family. They are very patient sweet natured dogs that do well with both children and other animals. Given adequate exercise they adapt well to city living and can even adjust to apartment life. They are normally quiet dogs, but some whine and make a whistling sound when they are excited.

Appearance and Grooming:
Nova Scotia duck Tolling Retrievers stand 17-21 inches tall and weigh between 37-51 pounds. They have a water repellent coat that comes in red and orange, usually with white markings on chest, feet, tail tip and face. Their coat should be brushed twice a week. To keep them neat, straggly hairs should be scissor every three months. Their feet are webbed.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are a healthy breed prone to only a few problems. They are prone to Addison’s Disease, Progressive retinal atrophy and hip dysplasia. Perspective owners should buy from a breeder who offers puppies from OFA registered parents. Their average life span is 12-14 years.


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