Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Overview

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a beautiful dog beloved for its eye-catching orange coat and energetic personality. The lengthy name perfectly describes the breed’s origins. Tollers were bred in Nova Scotia, Canada, where they helped hunters catch ducks. “Tolling” refers to the act of luring ducks to the shore, where hunters would have an easier shot at them. This history means that Tollers are smart and active sporting dogs, and they definitely take to water.

This is not a breed for someone who likes to spend most of their time relaxing at home! Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are highly active dogs who love playing outside. They are also a friendly and loving breed who will form a strong bond with their owners, and tend to experience separation anxiety if left alone for too long. All of this means that the Toller is an ideal choice for an individual or family who has a lot of time and love to give their dog!

With a curious and engaged personality, Tollers are usually quite friendly towards strangers, and they easily adapt to new environments. If you’re an active person looking for a companion on hikes and runs, the Toller is a great breed for you. And once accustomed to children, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers make wonderful playmates who will be happy to spend hours frolicking with the kids in the backyard. 

Did you know?

It’s believed that a range of breed types, possibly including spaniel, setter, retriever, and farm collie, combined to create the modern Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Working dog Working dog

Popularity ranking**
17-21 in / 35-50 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
12-14 years
Activity level
Little to none
Barking level
Little to none
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

2-3 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

1-2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Weekly

Dog Food

Feeding your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

As a medium-sized retriever, the Toller needs a couple cups of food per day. A high quality dog food formulated for active breeds will help your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever stay healthy. Puppies should always be fed the appropriate puppy food, and your dog’s diet should change as they age. Though treats can be a helpful aid in training, be sure to provide them sparingly to avoid too much weight gain in your Toller. As with all dogs, be sure you know which human food is safe and which is not before sharing any table scraps. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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