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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


General Information - Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


Group:
gundog

Size:
medium

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
low

Trainability:
high

Watchdog ability:
high

Protection ability:
low

Area of Origin:
Canada

Date of Origin:
1800’s

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
Water retrieving



History

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was developed in eastern Canada in the late 1800's to perform a unique role in hunting. It is used to "toll", or lure, curious ducks within range of the concealed hunters' guns by creating a disturbance at the edge of the water. The dog that was developed was playful and resembled a fox; it is a strong swimmer. The most likely breeds behind its development include the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the Flat-Coated Retriever, the Labrador Retriever, a Brown Cocker Spaniel and the Irish Setter.

Temperament

Devoted and loving, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are easy to train, eager to please, excellent with children and adore playing games that involve retrieving. They are patient, and only bark when danger is present.

Upkeep

Naturally water repellent, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's coat should be brushed regularly and only dry shampooed occasionally to avoid losing the natural oils that make the coat water repellent.