Water off a duck’s back
Original Name : Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Toller, Tolling Retriever
Male size : 19-20 inches
Male weight : 45-51 lbs
Female size : 18-19 inches
Female weight : 37-43 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Canada
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are highly intelligent, very receptive dogs with a great deal of stamina. Strong and able swimmers, they are naturally tenacious retrievers on land and in water, ready to catapult into action at a moment’s notice. A passion for retrieving and playfulness are essential aspects of their tolling ability.
Clean-cut, slightly wedge-shaped.
Level topline, short, straight back, solid, muscular loins, deep chest reaching to the elbows.
Various shades of red to orange.
Triangular, medium-sized, set high and well back on the skull.
Broad at the base, prolonging the very slight natural slope of the croup, with abundant feathering.
Medium length, soft topcoat, dense, even softer undercoat; water-repellent double coat is indispensible as the dog must be able to retrieve from icy waters.
Bred selectively in Canada since the early 19th century to toll (lure) and retrieve water game, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are powerful medium-sized dogs of compact build. Well proportioned and muscular, they are medium to heavy boned, yet extremely agile, highly alert and very determined. Many Tollers look rather sad, but when they go to work their aspect changes to express intense concentration and excitement.
Did you know ?
Imagine the scene. The Toller running, jumping and playing along the shoreline in full view of a flock of ducks swimming a little way out. It disappears from view before quickly reappearing, encouraged by the hunter, who remains hidden while throwing small sticks or a ball. The dog’s antics arouse the curiosity of the ducks, which swim to within firing range…