Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


This breed was found in Nova Scotia, in a town called Little River Harbour, in the cold province of Yarmouth County around the early 20th century. No one knows exactly how it was created, but it is assumed that the main crossing was between Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and Irish Setter. It is also possible to have a common origin with little Koikerhonde that works similarly.

In 1945 the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is officially recognized by the Kennel Club of Canada.56 years later, on June, 2001 the breed was recognized in class "Other" from the AKC, and on July,2003 is fully accepted in the group "Sports dogs."

In 1995, this breed became a symbol of the province of Nova Scotia. Puppies for sale, born there are still more expensive and are considered the best specimens.

Physical characteristics

This is the smallest of all retrievers. It reaches an average height between 43 and 53 cm at the withers and a weigh of almost 23 kg. According to the standards of the breed, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever should be athletic, with well-developed muscles, compact, balanced and strong. The chest is deep. The tail is very hairy. The color can be red, in the spectrum of golden-red or copper red, with light hair on the underside of a tail, the front of the legs and torso. Although very rare, there are also Nova Scotia Retrievers in chocolate brown and liver. The coat may have a slight fluting on the back, but other parts have to be right. In some specimens long relaxed curls form around the neck in the winter coat. The fur on the muzzle should be short and fine.

Character and behavior

The Duck Tolling Retriever is a very intelligent, alert, friendly, loving and ready for action, but not nervous or hyperactive. Some specimens may show poor behavior in unfamiliar situations, but it should not be confused with shyness. The desire for "bringing", combined with the love of water, endurance and great interest in birds are fundamental to its role as a retractable "retriever".

Training and education

These are very active and sometimes destructive dogs. The crate training is a must. You should show your puppy who the leader is. Start the education from the moment your pet enters the house. Use its love and devotion to build a strong relationship.

Health problems

The “Toll” is basically a very healthy dog. However, there are several hereditary diseases that are characteristic of the breed. The main reason for this is the relatively small gene pool. The hereditary problems are: Addison's disease; Progressive retinal atrophy; Hip dysplasia. Dogs of this breed live on average 12-14 years.

Grooming and care

These dogs can live in an apartment if they have enough time to play and run outside. Their coat is easy to maintain – comb it once or twice per week to keep the shiny look. Bathe only if necessary and use only dry shampoo.

This breed can cope with any weather conditions, especially in the cold seasons.

Children and other pets

This beautiful Retriever is very attached to the family and gets along well with children. It is very patient, even with small annoying kids. Keep in mind that your pet could chase birds or small animals in the house.

Interesting facts

This Retriever has one of the most unusual way of working. The hunter remains hidden in the cover and sends the dog romping and playing near water, usually throwing a ball or stick to bring. Like the fox, the activity of the dog and the white spots on his fur brings the attention of waterfowl that come closer to watch. This “ritual” is known as "harvesting" or "tolling." When birds are already close, the hunter signaled the dog go out of its cover, which draws birds in flight, allowing easier shooting. Finally, the dog brings all the shot birds.