Breed Talk - The Toller

Wow, I remember being introduced to my first Toller way back in the early 80s. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or Toller as they are known by their fanicers is a medium sized red retriever. Often confused for a small Golden Retriever they are very unlike the Golden. The breed was recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 2003 and the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) in 1945 and is the official dog of Nova Scotia which is their Canadian province of origin.

Standing 18-19 females, 19-20 and weighing approx. 40-50 lbs the Toller is a solid, athletic dog. They have a very strong desire to retrieve which is what they were bred to do. I have had the pleasure of knowing quite a few Tollers and their drive to retrieve is a big part of who they are. They are typically very happy in a family setting where they are given alot of exercise. A typically friendly breed; the toller can be reserved with strangers, not one to throw lavish attention on people who they do not know.

The Toller is double coated which protects them in the icy waters where they started their work in Nova Scotia. There coat is medium in length and soft with a softer undercoat. Their coat can range from straight to a slight wave with more feathering around the ears, hind quarters and tail. The Toller comes in various shades of red with lighter colored feathering. Each dog usually has a touch of white either on their tail, feet, chest or blaze on their face; although not always. And their eye rims and lips and nose pigment is usually flesh color but can be black as well.

The NSDTR is a highly intelligent breed, easily trained and enthusiastic. They have amazing focus ability which may need to be directed through training. A great little working dog; they have alot of energy to retrieve which should not be taken lightly when considering the Toller for a companion. Given the chance they will retrieve from sun up to sundown.

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