The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever originates from Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. It is comparatively a new breed, having developed in the 20th century, primarily to toll waterfowl. There is speculation about which breeds were mainly involved in developing the Toller, and names such as Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, and Irish Setter have be thrown up. Admired for its unusual assistance during hunting waterfowl, the Toller begins by romping and playing near the water, usually to retrieve a ball or stick thrown by its master. The activity catches the attention of waterfowl that swim closer to investigate. Once the birds are lured, the hunter calls the dog back, and rises, putting the birds to flight, allowing him to shoot.
The Toller is a muscular, compact dog that is athletic and had a deep chest. Fox-like, wedge-shaped head; triangular, high set ears that are well back from the skull; almond-shaped eyes that are well set apart and the color either matches the coat or is darker; slightly sloping tail; and water resistant, between straight to wavy coat in shades of red-no buff or brown—these are some of the physical characteristics of the Toller.
shades of red and orange uniform over the body. White markings on the feet, face, chest and the tip of the tail are acceptable.
The Toller is a loving companion dog that is intelligent and alert, though not nervous or hyperactive. The breed gets deeply attached to its master, but is reserved with new people. However, they are not shy. They love exercise and need ample ball chasing, retrieving and swimming to stay happy and active. Their retrieving nature is inbuilt and cannot be taught. However, fetching games can help hone its skills. The Toller is great with kids and gets along with other dogs. They rarely bark and will do when it has to warn about some lurking danger.
Hereditary diseases such as Addison's Disease, Progressive retinal atrophy and Hip dysplasia are health concerns that affect the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
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