Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginCanada flagCanada
Other Names
What other names does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have?
Little River Duck DogNovieScottyToller
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in the United States? How much money is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?

Where to buy a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever with a good pedigree?

$1800-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? How many Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Size

Size
Is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever small, medium or large dog?

How big do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever get?

What is the average size of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever weigh? How much should a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever weight? What is the normal weight of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? How much does a full-grown Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever weight?
37-51 pounds (17-23 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
44 pounds (20 kg)
Height
How tall is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever height:
17-21 inches (43-53 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
19 inches (48 cm)

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Waterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever coats?
RedGold
Grooming
How to groom the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and how often? How often should I take my Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Little River Duck Dog? Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs shed a lot?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever need a bath? How often should you give a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever a bath? Can I bathe my Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateCourageousGentleResponsiveAlertEnergeticPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? Is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever sensitivity:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever a good family dog?
High: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Little River Duck Dog need? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever social needs:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Little River Duck Dog bark?
Average: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Little River Duck Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? How much bite force does a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever do?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever roam?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have high prey drive?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be left alone? How long can you leave a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever 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.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever temperament with other people:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs get along with other pets? Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever temperament with children:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed live with a cat?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs get along with other dogs?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs good office canines? Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Little River Duck Dog temperament with senior people? Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs good for elderly owners?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever see the vet?
Rare
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs live? How old can a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be? What is the age limit of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? How many years can the oldest Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?

How long is the lifespan of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed hypoallergenic?
No
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have? What is the activity level of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever need? How much exercise do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs require per day?

Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs need a lot of exercises?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed need?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? How much food should I feed my Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and 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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever drool?
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work. 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.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed is a good choice for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a boat dog?

Yes

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have in a litter? How many puppies can the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have? How many puppies can a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever give birth to?
6-10 puppies

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Recognition

AKC Group
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • 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.
  • Office Friendly: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever History

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog, or in its other name, the Decoy Dog, or Little River Duck Dog, or Toller, is a medium-sized gundog. The breed finds its origins in Yarmouth, in Nova Scotia, Canada. The first specimen Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog was considered to be foxes. Micmac Indians in Canada observed foxes performing tolling behavior on the shores of lakes and rivers, then snatching the ducks who came close to them. The Micmac people saw this as an opportunity and started to encourage this kind of behavior in their own dogs, who also learned to lure the ducks. Regarding the hunting technique, the Toller is sent out to retrieve the dead prey and gently return it to the hunter’s hand. That is the only breed in the world that specializes in this foxy technique.

According to a local theory, the breed was developed with the cross-breeding of several other breeds, including the Irish Setter, the Brittany and Cocker Spaniel, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and the Golden Retriever. Also, it is presumable that the breed can trace back its origins to the now extinct St. John Water Dog as well as the Dutch Tolling Kooikerhondje. Moreover, there is the possibility, based on the breed’s general appearance, that some of the Collie breeds were also used in the early breeding processes. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed was brought to the UK in the 1880s. Hunters in England and in Canada began to create dogs who would be willing to go into the water in order to bring the prey back. These were the first retrievers, bore the names of the places where they were developed, including the Chesapeake Bay and Labrador.

The Little River Duck Dog was known only in the area where it was used and developed for long decades. In 1945, the Canadian Kennel Club recognized the breed, as an indigenous one and gave them their official name, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. The first specimen of the breed was exported to the United States in the 1960s, however, interestingly, it did not get much interest. But by 1984, the breed had enough fanciers around the country in order to form the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club USA. Despite the breed’s long history, the AKC accepted the Nova Scotia relatively late, in 2003. The breed became the longest breed name in the AKC’s Stud Book.

Nowadays, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is still used for hunting purposes, and due to the genetics and the behavior of their ancestors, the breed is very valued by most waterbird hunters. Yet, the modern role of the breed is more like an all-purpose family pet, moreover, one breed expert stated that the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is happily willing to involve themselves in every activity.

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Susan

    Jul 30, 2022, 8:45:22 PM:

    This review is not correct about their intelligence. They are very intelligent, crafty and can be quite manipulative, in order to get their way. Mine is very smart.

  • Annie

    Jan 3, 2021, 6:03:45 PM:

    The most wonderful dog! Mine lived till he was 15 and a half years old!

  • James

    Dec 26, 2020, 1:39:53 AM:

    Loyal