Dog Breed profiles
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Breed Profile
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever fact file
KC Group: Gundog
Height: Dogs 48 - 51cm; bitches 45 - 48cm
Weight: Although no weight is specified in the breed standard, Tollers average around 16 - 23kg
Average lifespan: 12 years
Good with children?: Yes recommended
Exercise requirement: Moderate
Good guard dogs?: Would bark
Moulting level: Medium
Colours: Shades of red or orange with lighter featherings and on the underside of the tail. White markings are often seen on the tip of the tail, feet, chest, and as a blaze on the face
Jogging partner: Yes
- Eye problems, including cataracts and prcd-PRA (progressive retinal atrophy).
- Hip and elbow dysplasia.
- Autoimmune problems.
- The Toller is an incredibly animated dog and is very playful.
- Kind and confident.
- Intelligent, versatile, and enthusiastic.
- The Toller is an ideal dog for an active family.
- He is a high-energy dog and needs regular off-lead exercise as well as plenty to keep his mind occupied.
- He has a gentle nature and is great with children.
- He makes an excellent watchdog and will alert his owner to a stranger’s presence. He would be useless as a guard dog as it’s not in his nature to be aggressive.
- The Toller is incredibly intelligent and eager to please. Build a strong bond and he will do anything for you.
- Start training from puppyhood and be consistent.
- The Toller never tires of retrieving — incorporate this into your training and you’re on to a winner.
- The Toller’s water-repellent double coat needs to be brushed at least once a week, paying attention to the dense undercoat and checking his feathers for debris.
- Check ears regularly as the breed can be susceptible to wax build-up.
- Good-natured and biddable.
- Needs a lot of exercise — mentally and physically.
Did you know?
- To toll means to entice game. The Toller has an unusual way of working; he will frolic along the waterfront in full view of ducks or geese, occasionally disappearing and then reappearing, waving his white-tipped tail, arousing the curiosity of the birds who then swim over to investigate — luring them into gunshot range. The Toller then retrieves the fallen quarry.
- He is blessed with webbed feet and so is a powerful swimmer.
- The breed originated in Canada and arrived in Britain in 1988.