Dog Training

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


Learned, Persevering, Outgoing
Size: Medium
Height: 45-51 cm
Weight: 17-23 kg
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Coat: Medium Hair
Colors: Shades, red, orange, white markings on tail, head, chest, paws
FCI Group: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - called Toller for short - is one of the more unknown representatives of retrievers. However, this is unjustified, as these retrievers are intelligent and playful companions. If you are looking for a dog that loves to learn and wants a lot of activity, you should definitely get to know this breed. Among the retrievers, he is the smallest representative.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
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The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is an pretty, medium size Dog. Unlike the larger retrievers, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is rather small and light. The males weigh between 20 kg and 23 kg, bitches sometimes even only 17 kg.

The coat color of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a shade of red to orange with some white markings. Since the coat of the dog breed must be suitable for retrieving in the water, it is dense and water-repellent. Therefore, he has a so-called double coat, which is slightly wavy on top.

The friendly Dogs have a very harmonious physique. They were bred to run on land and in the water. fetch. So they are very persevering and intelligent Dogs that are focused on their tasks. Sometimes the facial expression of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever seems a bit sad. However, this impression changes when the animals can pursue their play instinct.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's play instinct is used to attract ducks to the shore. The dog "romps" around the shore and plays together with the hunter. Curious ducks thus come closer and can be shot by the hunter. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever then retrieves the killed birds. Some Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers also possess an innate herding instinct.

A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a smart and more powerful Working dog. He likes to work with his owners if he is treated well. Then he is a sensitive Dog who has a lot of fun playing and challenges. Through its Intelligence it reads the thoughts of its owners and adapts to the respective mood.

You should only adopt a Toller if you have enough time and patience have. The working dog is a great family dog, but should have a real job. Especially in the first time you should deal intensively with your Toller every day. Especially the hunting instinct brings some peculiarities in the education. Therefore, you should be consistent from the beginning.

The Toller is a affectionate Dog. He needs a close connection with his family. Therefore, he should participate in your family's everyday life. It is also important that you deal with him regularly. Due to its versatility, you can use it for almost any dog sports use. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is also usually friendly towards other dogs.

One characteristic of the Toller is that he is suspicious of strangers. He is not aggressive, but avoids strangers. In his native Scotland, he is therefore also used as a guard dog. The dogs almost never bite, but loudly draw attention to strangers.

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The right food

The small retriever is overall a healthy dog. While other retrievers have problems with overweight, most Tollers have an athletic figure. Therefore, the medium-sized dog gets along well with most types of food. So whether wet, dry or fresh food is given depends on your dog and you. In any case, the food should be of high quality.

Unfortunately, some Toller Autoimmune diseases, which are probably genetic. Some of these diseases require a special food diet. This can mean that the Toller's diet becomes costly and regular examinations at the veterinarian are due. Even before you adopt a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, you should be aware of this.

It makes sense to keep your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever with Food toy to keep busy. Toys that can be filled with dry food encourage the dog to play. Many dogs also like toys that can be filled with frozen food. Licking out the contents takes some time and requires concentration. In addition to daily play, these challenges will keep your Toller challenged and busy. This way you prevent him from getting bored and getting into mischief.

The Toller is intelligent and learns quickly to work for his food. You can animate him well with treats. However, you should remain consistent and not feed your Toller from the table. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is an adaptive dog that observes its owner well.

Also bad behavior, such as begging and stealing from the table, the smart dog can get into the habit so quickly. Therefore, you should be consistent here and not allow this.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Care

The Toller has a dense coat, which is perfectly adapted to cold water. In autumn and spring he loses his fur. Especially in these seasons it is useful to keep him brush out daily. This will prevent the dense coat from matting. It also makes it easier for you to vacuum.

Characteristic of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever are. long fine hair on ears and try to Backs of the legs. This fur can knot and therefore must be regularly untangled and combed be. Here can also get caught burrs and sticks.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is suitable for keeping in an apartment if it is walked several times a day. Since the dog likes to play in the water, he will get dirty more often. Therefore, additional cleaning in the apartment comes to you in addition to the daily walk. However, since the movement in the open air is the greatest joy for the dog, you should never restrict him in this.

After an extensive walk, it may be necessary to treat the dog with Shower water. Since the Toller has a water-repellent coat, you may for this No shampoo use. Grooming products can destroy the natural protective layer. Search your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever after a walk After ticks off, which like to hide in the dense fur.

eyes and ears should be regularly checked and cleaned.

The Hair between the pads and claws should be shortened regularly.

Suitable accessories

Since the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a dog that loves to move, it should be daily run get. In the beginning you should use a drag leash Use to stop hunting. For an adult Toller is a collar usually sufficient. However, if your dog pulls on the leash, it makes sense to use a Tableware to use. Only well-behaved dogs should be allowed off the leash, as Tollers are fast and agile hunters.

For utilization you can give your Toller Various toys offer. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever likes to fetch. That is why the Dummy training a meaningful occupation. The playful Toller should get enough stimuli to be able to follow his natural hunting and play instinct.

In addition, like any dog, a Toller needs basic equipment. It should be at least two own bowls have, as well as a permanent place to sleep. For this he can have a Basket or a large Cushion get. The dog's sleeping place should be in a quiet corner.

You'll also need a suitable Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever for your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Brush and possibly a Comb. The fine coat is not very high maintenance, but should still be regularly untangled. Also a Transport box makes a lot of sense.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever History

Origin & History

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a Canadian breed that is Different ancestors has. However, exactly how the dog came into being is no longer known today. The lively, playful dog is the National dog of the Nova Scotia Peninsula.

He has the ability to make ducks curious with his game and attract them to the shore.

It is also uncertain how people bred the ability of this dog. But it is handed down that also Foxes showed the behavior. Tolling" is an effective way to hunt ducks on large bodies of water. So it could be that people used this observation and bred dogs with similar abilities. Tollers are also often compared to foxes because of their color.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever probably originated from several breeds. Among them is possibly the Kooikerhondje, which was also used for duck hunting. Although the relationship is not certain, the dog breeds are relatively similar.

Other ancestors are Retriever, and probably Cocker Spaniel and the red Irish Setter. At the beginning of the 20th century, the breed was threatened with extinction, because most of the dogs fell ill with distemper. However, through selective breeding, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever could be preserved.

Only in the year 1981 recognized the FCI the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Since then, the working dog has spread to Europe. Originally a Canadian dog, it is now bred and used for hunting mainly in Sweden.

In the breeding of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is often criticized that the population is very small. Therefore it is discussed again and again whether dogs of other breeds can be used for breeding. Some breeders would like to achieve a greater genetic diversity of the breed. However, many friends of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever are against the crossbreeding of other dog breeds.