Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova-Scotia-Duck-Tolling-RetrieverNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever History:

The breed was developed in the community of Little River Harbor in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, for the purpose of being a hunting dog. Its exact origins are not known, but it appears that it is possibly from setter Pointer-type dogs, retriever-type dogs, and rabbit hounds. Farm collies also went into the mix as many were trained as herding dogs as well as hunting dogs and family pets.


Tollers are the smallest of all the retriever breeds. With a height ranging from 17 to 21 in. and weighing 30 to 50 lb, with females being slightly shorter and lighter. They should be of moderate build with sturdy legs and webbed feet. The ears are triangular and high. The tail is well feathered. Color can be of a shade of red, ranging from a golden red through dark red, with light featherings.


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are known to be very smart, active, high-energy dogs. They tend to be very loving and sociable with family members and are known for being very patient with children. They enjoy having jobs and known as working animals. If hunting companion is what you are looking for, Tollers would be the best one.


Health issues with the Tollers include eye problems and hip dysplasia.  They are predisposed to immune-mediated rheumatic disease and steroid-responsive meningitis–arthritis. Progressive retinal atrophy, aseptic meningitis, and Addison’s disease also affect a small population of the breed. Thyroid problems are also identified by certain breeders. Lifespan is from 10 to 14