meet theNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


Training &Temperament

He desires a job to do or some kind of activity. He is affectionate and loving with family members and is good with children, showing patience. They are happiest in an active household. They require calm consistency and clear directions from their owners and work best with praise. They are intelligent, thinking, and sometimes manipulative breed that requires an owner who appreciates the challenge of training. Tollers need exercise, including daily walks, runs several times a week, and plenty of retrieving.

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Did You Know?

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is AKC's 150th breed.

Tolling refers to the old hunting style of drawing ducks and other waterfowl towards the hunter in the style of a fox (alternating between baiting and hiding).

For more than a century in the Little River district of Yarmouth County in Southwestern Nova Scotia, hunters have used tolling dogs like the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

The exact breeding origins of the Toller are not known. Possibly spaniel and setter-type dogs, retriever-type dogs, and farm collie may have gone into the mix. It is likely that the breed can trace origins to the now extinct St. John's Water Dog as well as the Dutch tolling Kooikerhondje.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is fashioned after the MicMac Indian Dog.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has been registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) since the late 1950's a US breed specialty club has existed for years.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Red 140
Red Gold 152
Buff 068


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
White Markings 014