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About the Breed:
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a smaller version of the Golden Retriever. It is a well-muscled dog of medium to stocky build. It has a deep chest that is well-insulated for swimming in cold waters. Their coat is dense, and comes in various shades of reds and orange. It can have white markings on the feet, chest, tail tip and face and may have a slight wave on its back, but otherwise the coat is straight. The ears are triangular and set high and are well back from the skull. The head is clean-cut and slightly wedge-shaped. A powerful, compact, well-muscled body is on sturdy, solid legs.
A sensible and very devoted dog to its family. These dogs are intelligent, easy to train for obedience or agility and are excellent with children. They make great companion dogs as long as they can get enough exercise for their energetic needs. Tollers may be a bit more reserved around strangers than the Golden Retriever. The same charming way this water dog has with his game, he demonstrates with his owner. He is hard-working and clever, and enjoys being with his master. His expression may seem low-spirited, but once he is on the hunt he is the happy hunter. The Toller's strong retrieving desire and playfulness are natural traits, both necessary for his tolling ability. Tolling (enticing) is a natural trait and cannot be taught. They have an intense natural excitement about their duty. Young dogs need to practice; training sessions involve establishing a close bond and having children throw things for them to retrieve. Some owners say that a Toller is a retrieving fool. If someone makes the mistake of throwing a ball for them, they will keep the unfortunate soul throwing until their arms gives out. These are excellent family pets which get on well with other dogs and animals. They are very patient with children. They bark when there is danger but that is about all.
Group: Gun Dog
Height: 17- 21 inches
Weight: 37- 51 pounds
Life span: 12 - 14 years
This is a healthy working breed that is becoming increasingly popular. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever will do fine in an apartment if it has plenty of exercise. They do well in cold climates. These dogs need physical exercise and mental stimulation. They will need a long brisk daily walk or jog. In addition, they will enjoy it if you throw a ball or stick for them to retrieve.
The water-repellent, double coat of the Toller should be combed and brushed with a firm bristle brush, giving attention to the dense undercoat. Dry shampoo regularly, only bathe when necessary for it removes the natural oils in the skin which makes it naturally water resistant. The breed is an average shedder.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever originates from Canada. Tolling Red Decoy Dogs probably accompanied their masters from Great Britain to Nova Scotia. They were crossed with retrievers and working spaniels. It was developed to toll (entice) ducks in the same manner as the fox. The clever way in which foxes work together to obtain a duck for dinner has been observed over the centuries. The breed is also known as the Little River Duck Dog or Yarmouth Toller. Their present name was established when the Canadian Kennel Club began registering them in the late '50's. They received full international recognition with the FCI in 1982.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the creation of skillful Canadian hunters. The Toller's rather unusual job is to entice ducks or geese within shooting distance and to retrieve them from the water once shot. From a concealed blind near the shore, the hunter throws a stick level to the shore, silently yet with great enthusiasm, the Toller retrieves it. It may take a dozen or more throws before the ducks or geese become curious enough to approach the shore. When the highly inquisitive ducks are within shooting distance, the hunter will call his dog back to the blind, stand up which will put the birds to flight, and shoot. The Toller then behaves as the efficient retriever he is.
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