Nova Scotia Duck - Tolling Retriever
|Nova Scotia Duck
A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Little River Duck Dog
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 8 Section 1 #312
||Group 3 (Gundogs)
||Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
||Gun Dog Breeds
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is one of the most unusual
least in terms of how the dog works. The hunter stays hidden in a
and sends the dog out to romp and play near the water, usually by tossing a ball
or stick to be retrieved. The dog's crazy antics and white markings pique the
waterfowl, who swim over to investigate. The act of enticing or luring
game to approach is
known as tolling. When the birds are close, the hunter calls the dog back
to the blind, rises, putting the birds to flight, and shoots them. The Toller
then retrieves any downed birds.
The coat is of moderate length and consists of a waterproof outer
with a dense
undercoat for warmth. The tail is heavily feathered and the legs are
moderately feathered. The coat color may be any shade of red, with deeper
colouring preferred. There is usually some white on the chest, feet, nose, head,
and tip of tail. Tollers range in height from 18 to 20 inches (43-53 cm) at the
males, and weigh 45 to 51 pounds (17-23 kg). One unusual feature of this breed
is the webbed feet that permits them to swim easily, along with the "feathered"
tail that they use for added balance.
The Toller is a gentle but active breed. They are highly intelligent and easy
to train, although many get bored with repetition. The dog requires extensive
daily exercise, as well as regular grooming. They are excellent with older
children, but can be wary of strange adults. They do not have the all-forgiving
temperament of a
Golden Retriever and should not be left unsupervised with young children who
have not yet learned how to interact with dogs. Potential owners should note the
"Toller scream," a high-pitched and very loud utterance made up of a growl,
whine, bark, and howl. The dog will do this to show great excitement and,
depending on the dog, any other reason.
The breed was developed in the
Little River district of
Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia around the beginning of the
Century, and was officially admitted to the
Canadian Kennel Club in 1945. 56 years later on June 11, 2001 it was
approved for admission into the Miscellaneous Class of the
American Kennel Club and was granted full recognition into the Sporting
Group on July 1, 2003. The exact origins of the breed are not known, but it
appears that some
Golden Retriever, and/or
Setter may have gone into the mix. It may share origins with the smaller
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