Monday, May 11, 2015

Dog breed spotlight: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriver

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriver – or Toller – is a Canadian dog breed believed to stem from a cross of Golden Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Labradors, Flat-Coated Retrievers, and farm Collies. There might be a sprinkle of Cocker Spaniel and Irish Setter in the mix too.

This is an athletic and highly intelligent breed with an abundance of energy. Most working dogs are always ready for action, and the Toller is not an exception. They need physical and mental stimulation to be happy.

Not surprisingly, they do great in many sports and often compete in agility, dock diving, and obedience. Many also work as search and rescue dogs; the combination of intelligence, working drive, excellent sense of smell, and small size make them ideal for the job.

The breed was originally used for retrieving from icy waters, and they have webbed feet and a water-repellent outer coat. A Toller requires little grooming; an occasional brushing and bath will do the trick.

The average Toller is loving and affectionate to the family and patient with children. They weigh between 37 and 51 lbs.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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