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Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 37 - 51 lbs.

Height: 17" - 21"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; progressive retinal atrophy; hypothyroidism; autoimmune disorders

Origin: Canada (1800s)

Also Known As: Little Red Duck Dog, Little River Duck Dog, Yarouth Toller

Group: Hunting

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever requires plenty of exercise. This dog will enjoy retrieving sticks or balls.

Grooming Needs

Your Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever's water-repellent, double coat should be brushed frequently. Bathe when necessary.


The Nova Scotia Suck-Tolling Retriever makes an excellent companion as long as it receives sufficient exercise. This intelligent animal is easy to train and devoted to its family. However, this breed is reserved around strangers. A playful and hard-working personality makes it an ideal dog for luring or tolling water fowl.

Compatibility with Kids

This breed is good with older children. However, they should not be left unsupervised with younger children.


This intelligent breed was developed by Canadian hunters. Crossed with Retrievers and working Spaniels, the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever's job was to lure ducks and geese within shotgun range and to retrieve them from the water.

Pet Facts

This hardworking dog is at much at home as it is during a hunting companion. Tolling (luring) is a trait that Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retrievers naturally possess. This trait cannot be taught.

Dog Food for Your Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever

Puppy Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Puppy Select Formula

Features our exclusive balance of nutrients for growing puppies.

Adult Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Adult Select Formula

Formulated for dogs of all ages, an excellent choice for multi-dog families.

Senior Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support 6 lb. Front Counter

Sensitive Solutions Skin & Stomach Support

Features the SmartDefense™ System, with vitamins C & E.

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