Male Height (typical): 43-53 cm. (17-21 inches)
Female Height (typical):
43-53 cm. (17-21 inches)
Size: Small – Small – Medium
Male Weight (typical): 17-23 kg. (37-51 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 17-23 kg. (37-51 pounds)
Country of Origin:
Nova Scotia, Canada
Exercise Required: Daily brisk walks.
Expected Life Span: 12 – 14 Years
Best suited as: Hunting Dog, Family Pet
Other names: Toller, Yarmouth Toller, Little River Duck Dog, Tolling Red Decoy Dog

Description – The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a small to medium sized dog that looks very much like a Golden Retriever. Its furry coat of orange and brown covers its entire frame and protects it from the water when hunting. The dog was bred for hunting and retrieving waterfowl and it still is used today for these activities. It has a very gentle and loving personality that fits in well with any family. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever also has a very loyal demeanor and will bond quickly with its family when young. It can be great with strangers as well as long as it is introduced to them in the company of its family.

Origin & History – The breed was started in Yarmouth County Nova Scotia in the Little River District. This dog is the result of breeding a standard Retriever with a working Spaniel to retain the characteristics of both related to hunting. Its primary talent is in tolling ducks and other waterfowl into shotgun range and then retrieving the quarry once shot. This skill was refined over the years through successive generations to result in the modern breed. In addition to being great hunting companions, they are also great family pets and are very loyal and loving.

Temperament – The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a fairly high energy level and loves to be outdoors and working. It needs to expend this energy through regular exercise or playtime with the family. Even though it was primarily bred to be a hunting dog, they have also become a very popular family pet due to their intelligence and ability to learn a wide range of commands. While they can be very focused while hunting, they are just as happy at home with the family relaxing. Even though they are not an especially large dog, they can bark when they sense danger or intruders to help warn the family.

Exercise & Grooming – This is a high-energy dog that needs to be exercised daily. They love brisk walks and should be taught to heel. They listen to their masters with a little training and will run along with you if you jog. They are natural retrievers and love to chase a stick or ball for hours if you have the energy. Their coat of fur requires very little grooming but can use a brushing a few times a week to keep it looking clean and tangle free. Bathing is not recommended as it can strip their coat of the natural oils that protect it from the water and dirt they may encounter.

Health Concerns – The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn’t suffer from any genetic disease and can live a long and healthy life with the right diet and exercise. They need to be checked as they age for thyroid problems as this breed shows an elevated level of cases. They are also better suited to colder climates and may not do well if left in the sun on hotter days. Be sure to provide adequate shade for the dog if left outside. The only other danger is when they are hunting as they spend most of their time in the water. Care should be taken to only let them hunt is safe areas away from other water predators and fast moving currents.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Organisations in Australia
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Organisations in the UK
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (UK)

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Organisations in the US
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (UK)
Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever Rescue and Adoption

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