Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Nova Scotia Retriever is a breed of dog native to Canada. It is known for its ability to attract and retrieve waterfowl, especially ducks.

General details

According to breed standards, their weight varies between 17 and 23 kilograms in males, and between 15 and 20 kilograms in females. In terms of height, males measure between 48 and 51 centimeters at the withers, while females measure between 45 and 48 centimeters. As for their life expectancy, they usually live between 12 and 14 years. This dog breed belongs to Group 8 (Hunting retrievers, hunting hounds and water dogs) of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The Nova Scotia Retriever, also known as Toller, is a breed of dog originating in Canada. Its development is believed to have begun in the 19th century in the province of Nova Scotia, where it was bred to assist in the hunting of waterfowl. Its English name "tolling" refers to the technique of luring birds to shore through movement and play. In today's society, the Toller has earned a place as a companion and working dog. Its friendly nature, energy and willingness to learn have made it a popular dog in many parts of the world. In addition to its role as a pet, some Tollers also excel in dog sports, such as agility and obedience work.

Breed characteristics

The Nova Scotia Retriever is a medium-sized, well-muscled breed. The head is slightly wedge-shaped and the eyes are almond-shaped, with an alert and intelligent expression, ranging in color from amber to chestnut. The ears are medium sized and triangular in shape, with the base slightly erect. They have a double coat, water resistant and of medium length, with a softer and denser undercoat. They have a distinctive feature known as "fox stripe" on the back of their hind legs. The characteristic colors of this breed are red, varying from a light shade to a deep red, with white markings on the chest, legs and tip of the tail. The Nova Scotia Retriever is known for its energetic, friendly and always alert behavior. They are active dogs that enjoy outdoor activities and love to swim. They are intelligent and obedient, making them relatively easy to train. They also have an affectionate nature and are good with children and other pets.

Common health problems

Some of the more common diseases that can affect this breed include cataracts, corneal dystrophy, hip dysplasia, Addison's disease, hypothyroidism, lens luxation, progressive retinal atrophy and von Willebrand's disease.

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