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Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever

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The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a few hurdles to accomplish.  Recently recognized it has all the hallmarks of a breed that will shortly be the next "fad".   It is lovely and makes many people think of a small Golden Retriever.  Additionally,it is compact, easy to groom and known to be intelligent and easy to train.  Unfortunately easy to train to many means they don't have to train at all and NOTHING could be further from the truth.  So, without careful attention and care by the custodians and fanciers of this breed, it is entirely possible that pet stores, irresponsible breeders and puppy mills will do great harm to it in short order as they have so many others.  The Toller is a wonderful dog, if you think it might be the one for your family, PLEASE use the links here to help you find an exceptional breeder to work with and be willing to take time to do extensive research into them and the breed.

Beyond that, we will shortly be seeing this dog take the stage in performance events as his natural abilities will make him a top contendor with exceptional trainers and venues.  I doubt it will be long before Toller is a commonly recognized breed that dominates obedience, rally, agility, pet therapy, flyball, freestyle obedience and Search and Rescue.  They are truly that exceptional.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingRetriever Height: 17-21 inches
Weight: 37-51 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: red to orange with white Coat type: straight medium length top coat and dense undercoat; weather resistant with an appearance of a coat that is thick with feathering
Recognized Registries: FCI, CKC, ANKC, UKC, AKC, TKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Well balanced, compact medium sized dog with foxy appearance from a distance (partly due to coat and distinctive tail).
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: alert, playful, adores family, often reserved with strangers
  with Children: Generally quite good if properly socialized, supervised with well behaved kids
  with other pets: Variable
  with dogs: Generally good, affable
Socialization requirements: moderate to high: aggression in the Toller is not tolerated but without proper socialization it is possible
Ideal home characteristics: One that recognizes the work ethic, stamina and drive of this breed. Misery will ensue for anyone that expects this dog to be a couch potato.
Temperament Notes: Energetic, filled with stamina, intelligent, playful
Training requirement: high: heavy socialization, basic manners, ongoing activity preferably training
Trainer notes: This is NOT a small Golden Retriever.  However, with the natural focus, stamina and high intelligence of the breed we may very well begin to see enough Tollers in performance rings to think so.  A more moderate size and increased agility over the Golden makes some novices think they are looking at a Golden X Border Collie, while that is a bad idea for so many reasons, the Toller is a great idea!  Training with a Toller should be nothing but pleasure as the dog seeks to dedicate himself to the task at hand most of the time (with a very serious expression at that).  Be gentle with the Toller though, like the Golden Retriever, he adores making you happy and to disappoint is too great a burden for him to bear often.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: early 1900s
Country of Origin: Canada
Original Function: Retriever
History: Developed in Canada to not only retrieve but to draw the game closer with their shoreline antics and plumed tail.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, head incorrect, loss of white
Health Notes: Addison's Disease, Thyroid Issues, PRA, hip dysplasia, skeletal dysplasia
Health Testing: OFA, Thyroid Panel, DNA testing,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers?
  • Why do you have Tollers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
  • How would you describe the ideal Toller home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever?
  • How do you assist or help Tollers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) Rescue Information

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Australian Standard for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Standard of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada - Standard for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever as per The Kennel Club (UK)

    Breeder Ethics: - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) Code of Ethics - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada Code of Ethics

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