Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever picture
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Toller, Scotty, Novie, Little River Duck Dog


Because Tollers run as much as they swim when hunting, they are smaller and more agile than most other retrievers. Their powerful yet compact build enables them to rush around tirelessly, leaping and retrieving with tail always wagging. The jaws are strong enough to carry a duck. Because they were bred to work in icy waters, they have a water-repelling double coat of medium length. A longer coat is not appropriate for a working dog, although the tail feathering should be long, adding to the emphasis of the wagging tail. A white blazeon the face, chest, tail tip or feet is characteristic, and may serve to make the dog's gamboling more noticeable to distant ducks.

As befitting a dog bred to play and retrieve tirelessly, the Toller is very energetic and playful. You cannot throw a ball just once for a Toller! Everything they do is done with gusto, whether it's hunting, obedience, agility or just walking around the block. They are alert but not hyperactive, and can adjust to many circumstances. They are affectionate and gentle, but young Tollers can be overly boisterous at times. They are good with children, other dogs and pets. Tollers may be initially wary of strangers, but warm up quickly. They learn fast and are generally willing to please, but bore easily and then can be a bit stubborn.

Size Medium
Height 17-21 inches (43-53 cm)
Weight 37-51 pounds (17-23 kg)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Colors Red Red Gold
Origin Canada
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. This breed does well in cold climates.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever requires about an hour a day of strenuous exercise. It enjoys hunting or going for a walk, but swimming and retrieving are its favorite activities.


Easy Training: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is eager to work for its handlers, so training is usually straightforward. It learns quickly, but can grow bored easily if training is not dynamic. In addition to hunting and tracking, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever excels at obedience and agility trials.



Grooming Requirements

Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.


Constant and Seasonal Shedding: Brush him daily during spring and fall, when he sheds heavily. As with most dogs, there is a certain amount of shedding year-round. Bathe him only as needed, which shouldn’t be more than a few times a year unless he rolls in something stinky.



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