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24 Aug 2000
Name of breed:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB).
Size: Height at shoulders:
Weight: 16.6-23 (37-51lb).
Moderately long and close lying, with a thick, wavy
Colors: 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 and has only recently
become known outside its native area. 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. Although the breed has been set for over 100 years, it only
received a breed standard in the 1940s. It was given full international
recognition by the FCI in 1982. 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
The Nova Scotia
Duck Tolling Retriever is quiet and easy to train. Like many Gundogs it makes a
good family pet provided that it receives plenty of exercise. It needs regular
grooming with a bristle brush and comb.