AKC PuppyFinder: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Smart, outgoing, busy; as affectionate and eager to please as any good retriever
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Play fetch with a Toller till your right arm falls off, then start throwing lefty
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 18-21 inches (male), 17-20 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-50 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Couch potatoes be warned, the Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a red-headed bundle of energy, always ready for action. The smallest of the retrievers, the breed is smart and outgoing. Your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy is a loving family member as long as you give him lots of outlets for all that energy: running, swimming, retrieving and other high-energy activities. He's the perfect dog for active families who want a beautiful, friendly and athletic canine companion.

History & Job
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Origin: Canada

Year Recognized: 2003

Breed History & Job Description: Old-time Canadian sportsmen bred retrievers that could imitate the curious activity of foxes, whose color and quick movements exert a strange fascination over waterfowl. The sight of a Toller playing fetch along the shoreline arouses the curiosity of ducks offshore. The dog’s feathery tail and red coat all scream “I’m a fox!” to the gullible ducks. They are enticed into gunshot range, then the Toller is sent out to retrieve the downed game. (The breed name comes from a Middle English word, “tollen,” meaning “to lure.”)

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease like PRA. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of ‘Tollers' are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:


  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Juvenile Addison's Disease (JADD) DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA)
  • Breed Club Link: http://nsdtrc-usa.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 87
  • Breed Referral Contact: Cindy Richardson - 541-954-4347
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