The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, affectionately known as the Toller, is a patient, loving, and intelligent breed. They are happiest when they have a job to do and are high energy dogs that require lots of daily exercise. They’re also frequently used as search and rescue dogs, due to their small size and great senses of smell! They make excellent companion animals and family pets because of their watchdog capabilities and behavior around children.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. The Toller is classified as a medium sized breed of gun-dog. They were originally bred in Nova Scotia, Canada where they were used as waterfowl dogs.
2. The Toller is known by many names including the Yarmouth Toller, Tolling Retriever, Little Red Duck Dog, and the Little River Duck Dog. Their nicknames also include the Scotty and the Novie!
3. This dog truly excels in the water, they even have webbed feet!
4. The Tolling Retriever can come in any shade of red, ranging from shades of golden red to dark copper with light colored feathering on the underside of their bodies, and some may come in chocolate or liver colored brown.
5. The Novie’s beautiful coat is not only visually appealing, but also practical! This breed was developed to retrieve ducks and other water fowl from ice cold water, so its coat is water repellant and insulating.
6. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is known for its high pitched bark which has been said to sound like “singing.”
7. The Toller’s temperament has been described as somewhere between a Golden Retriever and a terrier.
8. Legend has it that the first Duck Tolling Retriever was a red fox. Many believe ducks react more to dogs that resemble the red fox.
9. These dogs are really wash and go dogs. They require occasional brushing and bathing only when they get visibly dirty.
10. Though many people mistake these dogs for Golden Retriever, they are not by nature anything like the Golden Retriever.