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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


Originated in Canada hundreds of years ago, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was created by hunters to lure in ducks and geese within close enough range for the hunters to shoot them. This breed is believed to be made up of Tolling Red Decoy bloodlines, crossed with Spaniels and Retrievers. Since the early 2000's, this breed has become very popular in the United States.


The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium sized dog breed with males and females measuring 17-21 inches in height and weighing 37-51 pounds in weight. This breed has a medium sized wedge shaped head that forms into a narrow muzzle with a scissor bite. Their two years are set apart and are triangular in shape, folded down alongside of their face. Their two eyes are almond shaped and generally a light amber to hazel in color. Their tail is thick and long, carried downwards and out, covered in abundant hair. Their coat is a medium double layer, available in shades of red and orange with white markings.


This breed is sensitive, loyal, easy to train and loving. Best suited for active families who enjoy being outdoors, this breed requires a fair amount of daily physical and mental exercise to remain happy and calm. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended. This breed is wonderful with all families including growing ones and children they are able to grow up around. This breed is known to be reserved and shy around strangers. This breed is crazy about playing fetch or any other retrieving type of game.


Daily brushing and bathing when needed. Professional grooming at least twice a year.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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