14 Things You Didn’t Know About the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can be confused with a Golden Retriever. Despite Goldens, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are less submissive, less outgoing with strangers and less adaptable to a low-exercise household. Check out 14 amazing facts you have to know about this sporting breed before adopting one.

#1 “Tolling” is a Middle English Word Meaning to Entice or Pull

The playful action of the Toller retrieving a stick or ball along the shoreline arouses the curiosity of the ducks offshore.

#2 They Were Originally Known as the Little River Duck Dog

The breed was developed to toll waterfowl and as an all-purpose hunting dog.

#3 One of Only Two Dog Breeds Used for Decoy Purposes

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje are the only two breeds of dogs used for decoy purposes.

#4 They Are the Smallest of the Retriever Breeds

The Toller is medium-sized, compact, powerful, and balanced.

#5 They Have Webbed Feet and a Double Coat

The Toller is well adapted for water, and they love it!

#6 This Breed Is Versatile

The Toller is happy to be wherever his people are. They like new experiences and are easy to take traveling.