Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Dog Breed Facts & Information

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Dog on ice
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If you're thinking about adopting a dog, you need to find the right breed that fits your lifestyle. Details like temperament, energy level, and size can really affect not only your life but the happiness of your new pet! Doing your due diligence and researching is a great way to start off the adoption process!

If you have the right kind of life for a very active, smart, and outgoing dog, then you might want to consider the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.

The Basics

The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever is a small to medium-sized dog with an adult male and female weighing 35-50 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Male Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever can be up to 21 inches tall and females can get up to 20 inches tall. Life expectancy of the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever is around 14 years.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever on a forest path
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The History

Nova Scotia, Canada, is considered the place of origin of the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, which makes sense because of their namesake! They are the smallest of the retrievers and were originally developed in the early 19th century to toll, lure, and retrieve waterfowl.

Originally known as the Little River duck dog or sometimes now, the toller, this breed was bred for generations and was granted official breed status by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1945.

The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever was officially recognized by the AKC in 2003.

They are in the sporting dog group alongside Brittany spaniel, flat coated retriever, and Labrador retriever.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy in the forest
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The Personality

The toller is very energetic and playful, according to Animal Planet. Everything they do is done with enthusiasm. They hunt, obey, and walk with purpose and excitement. They're a great dog to be around if you're feeling blue. They will cheer you right up!

They are aware and alert but not hyper. They are affectionate and gentle, but, like most puppies, young tollers can be overly excited at times. So it's best to train your dog properly. They are good with children, other dogs, and pets.

They learn fast and are generally willing to please, however they do have another side to them. If they are bored with the same old tricks or routines, they will become stubborn. So it's important for a toller to have an owner that is willing to put in the work!

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy at a puddle
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The Appearance

Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever are smaller and agiler than most other retrievers. The jaws are strong enough to carry a duck, thus their name! Because this dog was bred to work in icy waters to retrieve waterfowl, they have a water-repellent double coat of medium length.

They don a long feather tail that you will be sure to see wagging pretty regularly. They have a white stripe down the middle of their face, chest, and tail tip making them unique in not only personality but looks as well.

Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever essential facts:

  • Personality: Smart, outgoing, affectionate and eager to please
  • Energy Level: Very active
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Trainability: Eager to please
  • Height: 18-21 inches (male), 17-20 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-50 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Interested in other breeds? Check out this article about terriers and this list of the fastest dog breeds.