Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever

The Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever was developed in Nova Scotia during the 20th century to toll waterfowl. The breed’s tolling methods of hunting are unique: it splashes in the water which lures curious waterfowl toward the dog. The hunter calls the dog back once the birds are in range, which causes the birds to fly, allowing the hunter a shot. The Duck-Tolling Retriever then retrieves the downed birds. The breed’s ancestry likely includes the Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, and the Irish Setter. The breed was admitted into the Canadian Kennel Club in 1945 and in 2001 it was approved for admission into the AKC.

The breed is compact and moderately-built. It stands 17 to 20 inches tall and weighs 37 to 51 pounds, making it one of the smallest Retrievers. It is slightly longer than it is tall, but not noticeably. The Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever has a wedge shaped head with triangular ears resembling a fox. It has a deep chest, sturdy legs, and a feathered tail. The double-layered coat of the breed is golden orange to dark red. It generally has white markings on its tail, feet, chest, and blaze. The coat is generally straight but may be slightly wavy.

The breed is intelligent and alert. It is outgoing and affectionate toward family members, and it is even patient with children. The breed tends to be reserved around strangers. It is an active breed which needs plenty of exercise and activity, as well as mental stimulation.

The Toller is relatively low maintenance; it needs to be brushed with a slicker and pin brush a few times a week.

The Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever is a generally healthy breed, but it may encounter some hereditary diseases. These may include Addison’s Disease, progressive retinal atrophy, and hip dysplasia. It generally lives 11 to 13 years.

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