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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

 

This smallest retriever is like a reverse-mermaid. The “tolling” in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's name refers to this breed's distinctive wiggle-routine. They dance on land to catch ducks' interest and lure them out of the water. Apparently ducks find a dancing dog very alluring... nature is weird.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers also have zero chill. They shriek like schoolgirls when they see birds. Border Collies beat them out in terms of sheer intensity, but not by much. Needless to say, this is a very unusual breed.

Originally from Nova Scotia, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 35-50 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeRetrieving
OriginNova scotia
Breed groupSporting
Average lifespan12-14 years
SizeMedium
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking56
FamilyGundog, spaniel
Date of origin1800s
Original function Duck tolling and retrieving
Today's functionDuck tolling and retrieving
Average size of maleHeight: 18 - 21 Weight: 45 - 52
Average size of femaleHeight: 17 - 20 Weight: 35 - 42

 

Other nameLittle river duck dog
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Very friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Very friendly
Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
Ease of training Hard to train
Watchdog ability Low
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance High tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

These dogs are friendly, good-natured people-pleasers who are happy to see just about everyone on two legs or four. They are remarkably patient with kids but should still always be supervised. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are affectionate, confident dogs.

WHAT IS NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVER BEHAVIOR LIKE?

“Very active” is an epic understatement. This compact breed has a powerful, agile build and would run all day if you let him. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are hard-working, driven, and alert.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVER?

Like many sporting breeds, the Toller is very responsive to training. But they're also smart dogs, so it's important to keep their minds as active as their restless bodies. Be patient and consistent while training your furry friend, but keep it fun too. These pups respond well to treats, praise, and play rewards.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers often excel at flying disc, flyball, and agility dog sports. Participating in these events is a great way to channel this breed's seemingly boundless energy.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are seasonal shedders who don't require much grooming. The occasional bath and weekly brushing should do it.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVERS HAVE?

This is breed is generally healthy. Some are susceptible to eye disease and hip dysplasia.

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