About the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Dog Breed
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest of the retrievers. Originally bred in the southern region of Nova Scotia to toll, lure, and retrieve waterfowl by playing on-shore, it is also capable playful games of fetch with a stick or ball.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Physical Characteristics
Though the breed is small in size, it is physically strong with a powerful jaw.
Red with white on its chest, feet and tail tip.
It possesses a water-repelling double coat that is medium in length. Its tail, which is constantly wagging, is long and furry.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Personality and Temperament
This retriever is quick in its response, playful, with a pleasing and calm personality. It is generally friendly towards other pets and children.
Things to Consider
Though it is reserved around strangers, it adapts to them relatively quickly. Always active, it enjoys swimming and running for long periods of time and may become impatient and restless if it is bored.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Care
Ideal Living Conditions
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever prefers to live indoors with its human companions, but it is adaptable to various climatic conditions and can survive outdoors.
The grooming requirements for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is fairly easy: a weekly combing. It is important that the dog receives plenty of exercise and access to water, if possible, as it loves to swim. It also enjoys retrieving objects.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Health
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, which has an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years, is not prone to any major health concerns; however it may suffer from minor issues such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and canine hip dysplasia (CHD). To identify these issues, a veterinarian may recommend hip and eye exams for the dog.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever History and Background
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dog is assumed to be the product of a cross-breeding between the red European decoy dog and farm collies, setters, retriever dogs, or spaniels. Originally bred in Yarmouth County, which is located at the southern tip of Nova Scotia, it was officially recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1915.
The ancestors to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever were first used by European hunters to lure ducks to the shore. These dogs would wag their tails, drawing the attention of the ducks. As the birds came to shore, the hunters shot them and the dogs helped by retrieving the kill.
The breed would later be brought to the New World, used everywhere from the Chesapeake Bay to the Canadian Maritimes. Because most were bred in Nova Scotia, the name of Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was given to them. However, they have been also known as the Yarmouth Tollers or Little River Duck Dogs.
Hunters began to use the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in the 1960s. The first American club for the breed, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club, was founded in 1984.