Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (known as a Toller to his friends) originated in Canada and was used to lure (Tollen is the Old English word for entice or lure) and retrieve waterfowl. This was done by sticks being repeatedly thrown along the beach for the dog to retrieve, which he would do with great enthusiasm wagging his tail furiously which attracted the attention of the ducks or geese; a fatal fascination, sadly for them, because when they came within range they were shot by the waiting hunters. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever then swam out to collect the kill. He is an excellent swimmer with webbed feet to assist him, and a water repellent coat.
He is a medium sized, powerful dog measuring about 45 – 51cm and weighing up to 51lbs. The coat is of medium length, lying close to the body with feathering on the chest, legs and tail; he is in all shades of red to orange, with or without white tipping to the tail and white on the feet, chest and a blaze on the head. Having been selectively bred over the years for his eagerness to retrieve he is a very energetic and active dog. This makes the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrriever a natural at agility and flyball, and also has a nose good enough for tracking.
He was introduced into the UK in 1988 and has acquired an enthusiastic following since then. A playful and intelligent dog he makes a really excellent companion for the family who wants to have fun with their dog.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.