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Golden Retriever vs Kooikerhondje vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Golden Retriever vs Kooikerhondje vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever" Compare Golden Retriever and Kooikerhondje. Which is better: Golden Retriever or Kooikerhondje or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
Name Golden Retriever Kooikerhondje Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
OriginsScotland Netherlands Canada
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank341389
Reviews210
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Other Names Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Kooiker Dog, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog Toller, Scotty, Novie, Little River Duck Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2018 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. United Kennel Club American Rare Breed Association Foundation Stock Service No set
Price $1000-$2000 $600-$800 $1800-$2000

General Appearance - Golden Retriever vs Kooikerhondje vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg) 37-51 pounds (17-23 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) 30 pounds (13.5 kg) 44 pounds (20 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) 17-21 inches (43-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) 15 inches (38.5 cm) 19 inches (48 cm)

Hair & Care - Golden Retriever vs Kooikerhondje vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Coat Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Waterproof Wavy Thick Straight Waterproof
Colors Golden Light White Red Orange Red Gold
Grooming
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Kooikerhondje doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Kooikerhondjes shed moderately.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Golden Retriever vs Kooikerhondje vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Temperament Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Alert Intelligent Loving Territorial Cheerful Lively Going Affectionate Courageous Gentle Responsive Alert Energetic Playful
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Kooikerhondje's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Kooikerhondjes are quite easy to train.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Kooikerhondje is a highly playful breed.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Golden Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Kooikerhondjes are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Kooikerhondjes need for social interaction is average.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Average: The Kooikerhondje barks occasionally.
Average: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Kooikerhondjes are good watchdogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Kooikerhondjes strongly protect their territory.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kooikerhondje has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Golden Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Kooikerhondjes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Golden Retrievers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Kooikerhondjes have average wanderlust potential.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Golden Retrievers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Kooikerhondjes have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Kooikerhondjes are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Golden Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Kooikerhondjes adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Golden Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Golden Retriever vs Kooikerhondje vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are kid-friendly dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are average friendly towards cats.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Kooikerhondjes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Golden Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Kooikerhondje is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Kooikerhondjes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Kooikerhondjes are generally with other pets.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Golden Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Kooikerhondjes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Kooikerhondje breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Golden Retriever vs Kooikerhondje vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Health Issues
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Kooikerhondje is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease Cataracts Epilepsy Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy Kidney Issues Luxating Patella Myositis Von Willebrand's Disease No set
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-14 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Kooikerhondjes have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Kooikerhondjes need quite a lot of exercise.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Kooikerhondjes are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Kooikerhondje can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Kooikerhondje has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Kooikerhondje is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Golden Retriever vs Kooikerhondje vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies 5-7 puppies 6-10 puppies

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