Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Breed Profile
KC Group Gundog
Weight Although no weight is specified in the breed standard, Tollers average around 16 - 23kg
Height Dogs 48 - 51cm; bitches 45 - 48cm
Average lifespan 12 years
Good with children? Yes
Good guard dogs? Would bark
Moulting level Medium
Exercise requirement Moderate
Jogging partner Yes
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
Temperament Animated, playful, kind and intelligent
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Breed ProfileThe 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. The Toller is incredibly intelligent and eager to please. Build a strong bond and he will do anything for you.
- 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.