Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Rtvr. Dogs
Around the home, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a charming, outgoing and protective pal. It loves to play outside and makes a patient playmate for children—get it started on a game of fetch and it will keep going and going and going. Though active and outdoorsy, Tollers will be perfectly happy in apartments. Just make sure they get several daily walks and lots of attention. Some Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers may be reserved with strangers, but they are not usually shy.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Rtvr. Pictures
- 37 - 51 pounds
- 17 - 21 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Active singles
- Outdoorsy types
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Things You Should Know
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some Tollers can develop eye and thyroid problems. Grooming is fairly simple: Regularly comb the Toller’s thick, double coat with a wire brush and shampoo only when necessary—too much exposure to soap can remove its natural waterproofing.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Rtvr. History
Originating in 17th century Canada, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever probably derived from a mix of setters, spaniels, retrievers and collies. “Tolling” is a hunting practice in which the dog lures waterfowl within range, and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever proved to be especially good at it. Tollers lived and worked quietly in their native lands for hundreds of years, not making a splash in the U.S. until the 1980s.
The Look of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Rtvr.
Looking like a smaller version of the Golden Retriever, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a medium-sized, sturdy, muscular frame covered in a soft, medium-length coat that comes in various shades of red. It has a broad, wedge-shaped head with almond-shaped eyes and hanging triangular-shaped ears. Its thick, feathered tail hangs low. Overall, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever combines strength and cuddliness.
Talk About Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Rtvr.s
A completely unique hound
A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or "Toller" is a completely unique hound. Tollers will actually smile, understand what you say and "talk" in their own high pitched language.
Our Toller is Ralph, who does a great Groucho Marx eyebrow roll when questioned. Highly intelligent, Tollers are con artists - our sweaters disappear out the dog door to create a bed in the snow. That deep red brown hair that puddles under our feet in summer comes in handy when Tollers lure and fetch ducks - the breed was created for this purpose.
A good groomer or daily combing can curb the dog hair problem. Tollers love children and other "friendly" animals. Our cat shares Ralph's dog bed and we have seen no aggressive behavior with the exception of the squirrels who taunt and jeer him from their perch high above our garden. However Tollers are serious protectors, fearlessly defending their "pack" - always on alert. Tollers are an excellent choice for those who like to hike or for singles who want a devoted friend and protector who is also accepted everywhere they travel.
Tollers need to run hard, love to fetch and easily bore from lack of activity - please don't pen up this amazing creature. Tollers are very strong in spirit, they are not girlie dogs - they don't whine or complain and possess fewer health problems than most breeds (some eye and thyroid problems do occur). Tollers love to spend the day with you, go for car rides, thrive on long road trips and make great "at work" dogs.
Please consider adopting a rescued dog and check out a Toller - they are simply amazing.
~Lea, owner of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever