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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever so you can get to know the breed more.

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
OriginCanada
Other Names
What other names does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have? The dog breed also known as...
Toller, Scotty, Novie, Little River Duck Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Price
How much does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever price:
$1800-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever gets to a happy place.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever History

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog, or in its other name, the Decoy Dog, or Little River Duck Dog, or Toller, is a medium-sized gundog. The breed finds its origins in Yarmouth, in Nova Scotia, Canada. The first specimen Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog was considered to be foxes. Micmac Indians in Canada observed foxes performing tolling behavior on the shores of lakes and rivers, then snatching the ducks who came close to them. The Micmac people saw this as an opportunity and started to encourage this kind of behavior in their own dogs, who also learned to lure the ducks. Regarding the hunting technique, the Toller is sent out to retrieve the dead prey and gently return it to the hunter’s hand. That is the only breed in the world that specializes in this foxy technique.

According to a local theory, the breed was developed with the cross-breeding of several other breeds, including the Irish Setter, the Brittany and Cocker Spaniel, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and the Golden Retriever. Also, it is presumable that the breed can trace back its origins to the now extinct St. John Water Dog as well as the Dutch Tolling Kooikerhondje. Moreover, there is the possibility, based on the breed’s general appearance, that some of the Collie breeds were also used in the early breeding processes. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed was brought to the UK in the 1880s. Hunters in England and in Canada began to create dogs who would be willing to go into the water in order to bring the prey back. These were the first retrievers, bore the names of the places where they were developed, including the Chesapeake Bay and Labrador.

The Little River Duck Dog was known only in the area where it was used and developed for long decades. In 1945, the Canadian Kennel Club recognized the breed, as an indigenous one and gave them their official name, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. The first specimen of the breed was exported to the United States in the 1960s, however, interestingly, it did not get much interest. But by 1984, the breed had enough fanciers around the country in order to form the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club USA. Despite the breed’s long history, the AKC accepted the Nova Scotia relatively late, in 2003. The breed became the longest breed name in the AKC’s Stud Book.

Nowadays, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is still used for hunting purposes, and due to the genetics and the behavior of their ancestors, the breed is very valued by most waterbird hunters. Yet, the modern role of the breed is more like an all-purpose family pet, moreover, one breed expert stated that the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is happily willing to involve themselves in every activity.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever weigh? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever weight:
37-51 pounds (17-23 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever average weight:
44 pounds (20 kg)
Height
How tall is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever height:
17-21 inches (43-53 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever average height:
19 inches (48 cm)

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have? What does this canine coat look like?
Waterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's coat?
RedGold
Grooming
How to groom the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and how often?
Easy to groom: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Toller? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever shedding level:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateCourageousGentleResponsiveAlertEnergeticPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever sensitivity:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Toller need? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever social needs:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs bark a lot? Why does my Scotty bark?
Average: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever good as a watchdog?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Toller? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever do?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever roam?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have high prey drive?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and children:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers good office dogs? Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers make good office friendly dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers be office dogs?
No
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Toller temperament with senior people? Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs good for elderly owners?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs get along with other pets? Are Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a boat dog?
Yes
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs have health problems?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed hypoallergenic?
No
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs require per day?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever drool?
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-10 puppies

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Boat Dog: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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  • Annie

    Jan 3, 2021, 6:03:45 PM:

    The most wonderful dog! Mine lived till he was 15 and a half years old!

  • James

    Dec 26, 2020, 1:39:53 AM:

    Loyal