Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest of the retriever dog breeds that form part of the sporty gundog group

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed group

Gundog

Size of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Medium

Country of origin

Nova Scotia - Canada

Time of original development

The exact time of development is unclear, but it is thought the breed was created in the 1800s. The breed was first recognised in the U.K. in 1988.

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever’s uses through History

This NSDTR was created to produce an efficient working dog to retrieve duck and geese from the icy waters of Nova Scotia. It had an usual way of working, in that it would entice ducks and geese into the water by wagging its white tipped tail within range of gun shot. It would then recover the birds.

Today it is more likely to enjoy a more sedentary life as a companion pet, although it excels at popular dog activities such as obedience, flyball and agility.

The NSDTR remains a popular dog in Canada and North America.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Introduction and Overview

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is also known as the Toller, Scottie, Nova or Little River Duck Dog.

It is a medium sized dog and the smallest of the retriever dogs in the gundog group. It is similar to the Golden Retriever in appearance, and has a distinctive fox like head.

The dog is well-muscled, strong and has a medium length coat with white-tipped tail covered in long feathers.

There were 188 dogs registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling temperament

The NSDTR have an excellent reputation as a family dog. They form a strong bond with their master, and are affectionate, intelligent, loyal and placid. They tend to like being around children and other family dogs. Cats should be introduced with caution, and at an early age, after careful socialisation. Care should also be taken around much smaller pets.

They can be aloof and stand offish with strange dogs on walks, but fine once a friendship has been established.

The NSDTR is a big fan of the water, and the thick oily coat acts as a barrier against the elements.

Colour varieties of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

This increasingly popular and friendly retriever is available in 3 colour variations:

  • Buff
  • Buff and White
  • Red and White

Size and weight of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Height bitch 45-48cms

Height dog 48-51cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 17-20kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-23kgs

Exercise requirements of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Medium. The NSDTR is an athletic breed and requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily, preferably off the lead.

Is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, and does not require as much exercise as many of the dogs in the gundog group.

It is also smaller than the rest of the retriever group, so a more practical choice of dog for families restricted by space around the home.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever coat length

Medium. The coat can be either straight or wavy and is thick and oily. The tail is covered in long feathers, and the tip of the tail is white.

Grooming requirements of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Medium.The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever requires regular brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts.

Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection especially for frequent swimmers!

The oily coat acts as natural barrier against the cold and dogs should not be bathed too often, as oils will be stripped away from the coat.

Hypoallergenic?

No. The breed sheds heavily throughout the year and therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The breed is generally fairly healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Progressive Renal Atrophy
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Addisons Disease
  • Aseptic Meningitis

Average lifespan of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-14 years.

Approximate Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever pedigree puppy price

Puppies are regularly available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £500-£600. Litters tend to be produce between 6-10 puppies.

Estimating how much a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 18kgs requires 255gms of complete dry food per day.

A dog weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is just over £5

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £5.60

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average qualitycomplete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher exercise levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your NSDTR that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost of routine treatments over the year.