Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson Three Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever packs a lot of strength and muscle into his medium-sized frame. The smallest of the retrievers, this breed weighs up to 50 pounds and grows up to 21 inches in height.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 5in - 1ft 10in
Weight: 35-50lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years

Behavior

  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount1/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Information

As their name implies, they are used to draw waterfowl within range of a hunter. As the dog runs along the water’s edge, the fowl will be drawn in out of curiosity. After the bird is shot, the pup will retrieve it for his master.

As a pet, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is affectionate, friendly, obedient, and smart. He needs to stay active, so make sure he gets regular walks and lots of playtime.

History

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever often referred to as the “Toller,” is a small- to medium-sized breed hailing from the eponymous Canadian province. With a history steeped in cunning and guile, the Toller is a highly intelligent and energetic breed known for its playful and affable personality.

The breed’s origins can be traced back to the early 19th century when it was developed by fishermen and hunters in the Atlantic provinces as a way to “toll” or lure ducks within range of their nets. To do this, the clever canines would frolic and play along the shoreline, piquing the curiosity of passing waterfowl and drawing them closer.

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Training and Temperament

Despite their small size, Tollers are formidable hunters and excel at retrieving game from both land and water. In addition to their hunting skills, they are also highly trainable and excel in obedience, agility, and other canine sports.

When it comes to temperament, the Toller is known for its friendly and outgoing nature. They are generally good with children and other pets and make loyal and devoted companions. That being said, they do require a significant amount of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behavior.

Grooming

In terms of grooming, the Toller’s thick, double coat requires regular brushing to maintain its healthy and lustrous appearance. They are also prone to shedding, so frequent brushing and the occasional bath will help to keep shedding under control.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a delightful breed with a rich history and a playful, outgoing personality. While they do require lots of exercise and mental stimulation, their intelligence and trainability make them rewarding companions for those willing to put in the time and effort.

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Breed FAQs

Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers be apartment dogs?

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers be left alone?

While Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers good with kids?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers friendly with strangers?

Although Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers get along with other dogs?

Although Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers bark a lot?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shed a lot?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers need a lot of grooming?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers need a lot of exercise?

Expect Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers easy to train?

Typically, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers handle cold weather?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers handle hot weather?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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