The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - A very striking male with the typical 'chrome' markings.
@breepeace (3027)
Canada
April 25, 2007 7:38pm CST
Whenever I meet someone from Nova Scotia I will undeniably ask them if they've ever heard of the Toller, and so far haven't met one person from that province that has heard of the delightful little dgog breed that hails from their province. Most Canadians are well aware that the Newfoundland and Labrador Retriever both originated on Canada's East coast, some are even aware that there's a third breed originating in Canada's northern-most regions known as the Canadian Eskimo or Inuit Dog, but almost no one has heard of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, so I thought I'd bring MyLot's Canadians up to speed on their 4th indigenous dog breed. The breed was developed in the Little River district of Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia around the beginning of the 20th Century, and was officially admitted to the Canadian Kennel Club in 1945. 56 years later on June 11, 2001 it was approved for admission into the Miscellaneous Class of the American Kennel Club and was granted full recognition into the Sporting Group on July 1, 2003. The exact origins of the breed are not known, but it appears that some Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, and/or Irish Setter may have gone into the mix. It may share origins with the smaller Kooikerhondje, a Dutch gundog. The clever manner in which foxes work together to obtain a duck dinner has been observed over the centuries: the Toller was a creation based on this purpose. The hunter stays hidden in a blind and sends the dog out to romp and play near the water, usually by tossing a ball or stick to be retrieved. The dog's crazy antics and white markings pique the curiosity of waterfowl, who swim over to investigate. The act of enticing or luring game to approach is known as tolling. When the birds are close, the hunter calls the dog back to the blind, then rises, putting the birds to flight, and shoots them. The Toller then retrieves any downed birds. A common myth about Tollers is that they descend from red fox/dog hybrids. This is easily disproved as fox/dog hybrids cannot produce fertile offspring. The charming, hard-working Toller is a gentle but active breed. They are highly intelligent and easy to train, although many get bored with repetition. The dog requires extensive daily exercise, as well as regular grooming. They are sensible, devoted to its family, and excellent with older children, but can be wary of strange adults. They do not have the all-forgiving temperament of a Golden Retriever and should not be left unsupervised with young children who have not yet learned how to interact with dogs. Potential owners should note the "Toller scream," a high-pitched and very loud utterance made up of a growl, whine, bark, and howl. The dog will do this to show great excitement and, depending on the dog, any other reason. But they are very good with kids who respect them. Tollers range in height from 17 to 20 inches (43-53 cm) at the withers, and weigh 37 to 51 pounds (17-23 kg); females are slightly shorter and lighter. There has been a trend towards larger dogs in recent years, however this is not correct breed type and is unacceptable. Tollers are traditionally the smallest breed of the retriever family. Tollers are generally hardy. However, they, like almost all dog breeds, have certain genetic disorders that are prevalent in the breed. This is sometimes blamed on a relatively small gene pool, a problem that is aggravated because some people buying Tollers only want dogs that are bred in Nova Scotia, believing that Nova Scotian dogs are the only "true" Tollers.
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• Canada
26 Apr 07
Never heard of that breed from nova scotia but the g/f has and hher uncle had oen before they were offical breed or recognised breed what ever that mean. To me they sound like and Hienz 57 breed sorta evolved adn now recognised.
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
26 Apr 07
Most breeds were originally mutts. :)
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