Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Puppy

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

(aka: Toller, Little River Duck Dog, Yarmouth Toller)

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


Male: 18 - 21 inches; 45 - 52 lbs.
Female: 17 - 20 inches; 35 - 42 lbs.


Any shade of red, usually with white markings on their tail tip, feet, chest, or blaze.

Living Area

These dogs prefer a home with a yard, where they will happily spend half their time outside, and half inside. But they are highly adaptable to all living conditions as long as they are able to get a lot of exercise.



Energy Level


Life Span

11 - 13 years

Description | Temperment | Grooming | History | Training | Health Problems

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Description

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is medium in size, and has a sweet, intelligent expression. His silky coat is close fitting and long, and he has a wavy, lustrous undercoat. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has webbed feet, and the coloring of the coat comes in shades of orange or red, often with white markings. This is a dog that carried himself with grace and dignity, and has a sturdy build. The weight of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is around 35-50 pounds, and he is around 17-22 inches in height.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Temperment

One of the smallest retrievers around, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a reliable, enthusiastic, and cheerful dog. These dogs make great companions and pets, and are well suited to the more inexperienced dog owner as well as those with experience. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a mild manner and a gentle nature. He is a spirited and energetic dog, and enjoys plenty of exercise and play - his favorite activities include playing fetch and swimming. Early socialization to avoid timidity is important with this breed, and plenty of mental and physical stimulation is required to keep him alert and interested. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever does have a tendency to chew, which needs to be kept under control, and some can be strong headed and dominant.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a playful and happy creature, and is always eager to please his owner. He is an intelligent dog and quick to learn, but boredom and distraction can sometimes make training a challenge - owners need to be confident and assertive, whilst always using positive reward-based training methods for best results. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can whine when he gets excited, and most enjoy digging up the garden. This is a sociable and friendly breed, and gets along well with gentle children, as well as with other pets. Most will be a little wary of strangers at first. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever will bark, and this means that he can be an effective watchdog, but he is too gentle and good natured to make it as a guard dog. These dogs will fare well with a family that is active and has plenty of time to dedicate to a pet.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Grooming

The grooming requirements for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever are moderate. You will need to brush his coat around twice weekly, and trim the hair around his bottom for hygiene reasons. To reduce the risk of infection, you should also check that his ears are clean and dry. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a moderate shedder, and sheds all year round, so he is not best suited to those with allergies.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever History

Although the breed itself originates from Canada, for the most part it is believed that Tollers had their very beginnings in Belgium sometime in the 17th century. Eventually the breed made its way over from Great Britain to Nova Scotia. As legend has it, after observing the behavior of foxes for whom tolling is a natural method for catching prey, outdoorsmen bred this unique characteristic into dogs for the purpose of catching small game with nets. In all reality, crossing the DNA of a fox with a dog would be genetically impossible. The dogs were likely bred to only look like foxes. Tollers further came about as a breed at or around the turn of the century after being mated with retrievers and working class spaniels in the region of Yarmouth in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Training

When it comes to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, training tends to have the same issues as it does with all retrievers. At young ages, Tollers tend to be easily distracted. For training sessions before the age of two years, the only required elements should be that of brevity and fun. Training periods that turn into drills will result in boredom for this breed, likely turning things into a dreadful ordeal for both the dog and its owner. From the age of two years on up, there is a development in maturity that allows the Toller to take in and process information more efficiently. This is when many begin true hunting maneuver training for their dog. In cases where Tollers are used for the retrieval of waterfowl, they will also need to be broken in and conditioned as pups to the loud report of a shotgun blast. This is often done using a gun breaking tape or cap guns, immediately followed by positive reinforcements using rewards and praise.

Socializing, housebreaking and respect training programs that are commonly taught with other dogs work well for Tollers. Because they are known to be quite independent in mind and energetic when they are younger, it may take extra effort to help them remember to not jump on guests or walk respectfully on a leash. With this breed, consistency will always be the name of the game.

One must make it an area of commitment if the true endeavor is to see results and help their companion live a happier, healthier existence. As with all breeds, training a Toller to do the things it was not meant for can be disastrous. Activities and training that run parallel to its strong hunting instincts are more likely to result in success.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Health Problems

The life expectancy of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is around 12-14 years. He is generally a healthy breed, but there are a few health issues to look out for. This includes HD, PRA, heart defects, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever should have OFA and CERF certificates.

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