Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever , or Toller for short, is a medium-sized breed of gun dog bred primarily for hunting. It is the smallest of the retrievers, and is often mistaken for a small Golden Retriever. The breed originated in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada, where they were used for tolling and retrieving ducks. Tollers are named for their ability to entice or lure waterfowl within gunshot range, called “tolling”.


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are known to be very intelligent, alert, high-energy dogs. They tend to be very affectionate and outgoing animals with family members and are known for being very patient with children. Tollers have the capacity to be very social dogs, as long as they are sufficiently socialized early on in life. While Tollers are energetic and outgoing around their owners and family, their cautious nature makes them reserved around strangers. They tend to get along well with other dogs; however, they have a strong prey drive and may chase after cats or other small animals.


Duck Tollers are working animals and are happiest when they have a job to do. Tollers are excellent hunting companions. They excel at many types of sporting competitions, such as agility, dock diving and obedience. Their keen sense of smell, intelligence, working drive, and small size, also make them perfect search and rescue dogs . Physical stimulation should be provided for these dogs each day since they may become destructive when they are not exercised enough or left alone for too long.


Between 45 and 51 cm / Between 17 and 23 kg.


Medium-length coat with a softer, dense undercoat.


Varying shades of red or orange.



(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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