Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Recognized: ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB)
Height: 17-21 in (41-52cm)
Weight: 37-51 lb (16.5-23kg)
Coat: Moderately long and close, with a thick, wavy undercoat
Color: Red fox, with white markings on chest, feet, and tip of tail, and sometimes on face
|The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever originated
in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. It is believed
to be of Chesapeake Bay and Golden Retriever stock.
With the head of the Golden, it is well boned down
to its strong webbed feet. This dog's job in life is to
thrash about at the water's edge in order to attract
the attention of wildfowl, a performance known as
tolling. Eventually the wildfowl become curious or
angry enough to swim within range of the hunter on
the bank. The dog will retrieve the fowl shot down.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is quiet
and easy to train. Like many gundogs, it makes a good
pet provided that it receives plenty of exercise. It needs
regular grooming with a bristle brush and comb.