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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Barbet vs American Water Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Barbet vs American Water Spaniel" Compare Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and Barbet. Which is better: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Barbet or American Water Spaniel?
Name Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Barbet American Water Spaniel
OriginsCanada France United States
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank89404167
Reviews200
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Other Names Toller, Scotty, Novie, Little River Duck Dog French Water Dog AWS, American Brown Spaniel, American Brown Water Spaniel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1940 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition No set American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $1800-$2000 $600-$1000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Barbet vs American Water Spaniel

Size Medium Large Medium Medium
Weight 37-51 pounds (17-23 kg) 37–62 pounds (17–28 kg ) 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg)
Avg. Weight 44 pounds (20 kg) 37–62 pounds (17–28 kg ) 35 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height 17-21 inches (43-53 cm) Male: 23–26 inches (58–65 cm), Female: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm) 15-18 inches (36-46 cm)
Avg. Height 19 inches (48 cm) Male: 23–26 inches (58–65 cm), Female: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm) 16.5 inches (41 cm)

Hair & Care - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Barbet vs American Water Spaniel

Coat Waterproof Waterproof Curly
Colors Red Gold Fawn White Brown Gray Black Brown Liver Chocolate
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Barbet requires average grooming effort.
Average: The American Water Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shed moderately.
Barbets shed none to minimal.
American Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Barbet vs American Water Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate Courageous Gentle Responsive Alert Energetic Playful Companionable Intelligent Obedient Cheerful Joyful Energetic Intelligent Protective Friendly Obedient Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Barbet's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: American Water Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easy to train.
Barbets are quite easy to train.
American Water Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Barbet is a highly playful breed.
The American Water Spaniel is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Barbets have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
American Water Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Barbets are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Water Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are a social breed.
Barbets are a social breed.
American Water Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Barbet rarely barks.
Average: The American Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Barbets are average watchdogs.
American Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average defenders.
Barbets are average defenders.
American Water Spaniels are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Barbet has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Barbets have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Water Spaniels have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Barbets have average wanderlust potential.
American Water Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Barbets 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.
American Water Spaniels have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
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.
Barbets are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
American Water Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Barbets adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
American Water Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
Barbets 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.
American Water Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Barbet vs American Water Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Barbets are average friendly towards strangers.
American Water Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Barbets are kid-friendly dogs.
American Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Barbets are average friendly towards cats.
American Water Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Barbets are average friendly towards other dogs.
American Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Barbet is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
American Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Barbets are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Barbets are generally with other pets.
American Water Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Barbets are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
American Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
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
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Barbet breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
American Water Spaniel 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 - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Barbet vs American Water Spaniel

Health Issues
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Barbets tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The American Water Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Epilepsy Hernia Hip Dysplasia Overbite Underbite Allergies Cataracts Degenerative Myelopathy Distichiasis Epilepsy Heart Disease Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Mitral Valve Disease Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 13-15 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Barbets are high energy dogs.
American Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers need quite a lot of exercise.
Barbets have an average exercise need.
American Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Barbets don't need too much sleep.
American Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate 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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Barbet can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Barbet has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Barbet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Water Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever vs Barbet vs American Water Spaniel

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 6-10 puppies 4-6 puppies 4-6 puppies

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