Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Category SizeMedium
  • SheddingModerate
  • Grooming RequirementsMore than once a week
  • Alone1 to 3 hours
  • Other PetsMedium
  • VocalUsually quiet
  • AllergiesNo
  • Suitability As GuardMedium
  • Dog Group Kennel ClubGundog


The Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium-sized, active dog with a distinctively feathered tail and webbed feet. They range in colour from all shades of red or orange, with the feathering under the tail being lighter and some have white on the tip of the tail, feet and chest. Adult males stand at 48-51cm and adult females 45-48cm. They weigh between 17-23kg.


The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (or 'Toller' dog) was developed in the early part of the 20th century to lure and retrieve waterfowl. It is thought that they were the result of several crosses involving Golden, Chesapeake Bay, Labrador, and Flat Coated Retrievers. It is possible that they may also have small amounts of Cocker Spaniel, Irish Setter, and working collies and maybe even a variety or two of the spitz type breeds in them, too. They used to be called the Little River Duck Dog or the Yarmouth Toller.


The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever loves the great outdoors and is ideally suited to the active, country-dwelling family. He responds well to training and can excel in the dog sports of flyball, agility, and so on. He is a playful, energetic companion.


As with many breeds, Duck Tolling Retrievers can suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip and elbow dysplasia (joint conditions that can be painful and lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.


The adult Toller dog requires plenty of exercise and needs to be kept active. Anything involving swimming and retrieving is ideal for this dog.


Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.


The coat of the Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retreiver is of medium length, waterproof with a soft, dense undercoat. The coat does need to be brushed regularly, a couple of times a week should be sufficient; however, during moulting more attention may be required. They may need the longer hair on their feet and ears tidied up from time to time.