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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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Is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Toller; Tollers; Duck Toller; Little River Dog

The basics:
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is an energetic, athletic outdoor dog which shares many of the characteristics of the better-known retrievers like the Golden and the Labrador. This is an intelligent, hardy, people-loving dog with the same desire to fetch and to swim as the other retrievers. It isn't just a specialty dog for the waterfowl hunters, but a choice worth considering by any outdoorsy owner who loves running, jogging, biking, and training with an enthusiastic canine companion.

And, just like its cousins, if you neglect this active animal and refuse to give it exercise or attention, it can become very destructive. If you're looking for a dog to help you watch TV, pass the Toller by.

Awareness of this fine breed is growing. The Toller was honored as the official dog of Nova Scotia in 1995, and it was recognized by the AKC in 2003.

Appearance / health:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are the smallest of all breeds of retriever. They are medium-sized dogs with a wedge shaped head and a feathered tail. The color of eyes is either black or the same as that of the coat. Ears are triangular and pendent. Feet are webbed for swimming.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average shedders but the coat requires regular brushing and combing. Bathing them often is not advisable, as this could remove water-resistant oils from their coat. Standard care is needed for eyes, ears, pads, and nails.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers may be taken along while hiking, jogging, and other outdoor activities. If not given sufficient exercise, they may turn boisterous and unruly and could make a mess of the garden and house.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia (a hereditary disease which may eventually cause crippling lameness and arthritis of joints) and eye problems.

Behavior / temperament:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are versatile working dogs and are very intelligent. The breed is unique among retrievers for its hunting action. Typically, the dog runs and jumps when a flock of birds is sighted. It occasionally disappears from sight and quickly reappears, arousing the curiosity of the birds, and getting them within the range of the hunter's gun. After the bird is shot, it functions as a retriever.

Tolling Retrievers are very fast learners and are easy to train. They are independent and may be self-willed at times. Training needs to be firm and consistent. They respond well to gentle, training methods without any harshness.

Tolling Retrievers are average barkers. They make a penetrating, high pitch sound when excited.

wonderful

beautiful dogs, perfect size, excellent dispositions, kids, loyal family dog, lap dog

challenging

weaker owner, hip problems

interesting

incredibly thick fur, high energy, regular exercise, fun dog sports, Toller scream

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

From AstoriasAbyss Nov 28 2014 6:41PM

4.5/5

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