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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Quick facts

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever AKC Group: Sporting
Height: 17 - 21 inches
Weight: 37 - 51 pounds
Colors: Any shade of red from golden red to dark coppery red
AKC recognized in: 2003

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers attract offshore ducks that see it retrieve a stick or a ball in the water. When the ducks come within firing range, the job of this retriever is half done. After the ducks are felled by bullets, the dog goes after the sinking ducks to bring them ashore.

With its ability to swim in water to attract game, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is unique as to its function in hunting. The shorter name for this dog is Toller. According to overall body structure, the Toller is the smallest retriever in the world.

The tolling action that the Toller does in water is a natural ability. It may seem reserved, unlike Golden Retrievers which are sociable even to strangers. The Toller comes out with its true nature when it goes into the water. It enjoys doing its job to please its owner. They are thought of to be crazy running after objects thrown at a distance. But, it is their nature to like retrieving. While it is its natural tendency, family playing with the dog by throwing objects in land or in water is actually its training to develop more skills in tolling.

Its head is somewhat wedge-shaped and clean cut. Its jaws are strong to carry a fallen or wounded bird while its mouth is soft so it can take and not break or cause more injury to the bird.

The Toller is an agile dog and it has a gait which accounts for its ability to jump and catch an object. It is also useful for the dog to jump safely into the water and reach its goal quickly.

Like any other retriever, it has a double coat where the outer coat is denser and the inner coat is soft and loose. Its coat is also water resistant. When the dog is not used for hunting, the family may bring it to the water for fun and games with the children. Otherwise, a playful activity making it catch objects in the air or for it to retrieve in distances that would make it run for them is a good substitute for its natural instinct to retrieve waterfowl in hunting activities.


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements five paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals four paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

Its quiet disposition is not to be confused with shyness and its appearance to be ready for action should not be confused with nervousness. It is a patient dog that is brave and equipped to spring into action when necessary.

As a working dog, it can be depended on fulfilling its duty to do what it is expected to do. Hence, the Toller is an intelligent animal that knows its role in the household or as a hunting or gun dog of a master who is fond of game hunting.

Tollers watch everything that is going on, and will be quick to alert you if strangers approach. While they can be reluctant to meet new people, they tend to take their cue from the family, so if the stranger is welcomed by the people of her family, she will welcome that stranger too.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is typically good with other pets, though its hunting instincts may get the better of it when faced with a family cat. Agression can, in this case, become a problem.

As with any dog, early and frequent socialization is a must. The more sights and sounds you can get her to experience early in life, the easier it will be for her to adapt in the future.

Health and Exercise

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a life span of between 10 and 14 years.

While the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is generally a healthy dog, they are susceptable to certain health problems, Many because of the limited gene pool, since many people wanting a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever believe they can only get quality in Nova Scotia. These problems include:

  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Deafness - Certain lines of the Toller have been prone to deafness, typically after reaching the age of 7.
  • Collie Eye Anomaly - Not limited to Collies, the Toller has been found with this anomoly over the past several years. This is an inherited condition, and will lead to blindness.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not much problem when it comes to shedding. Daily brushing is only needed during the shedding seasons in spring and fall. The remaining time only requires a brushing once a week.

Tollers can do well in apartments, as long as they are given a couple daily walks. But they thrive when given a large fenced in yard to play and get out their pent up energy.

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