The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (or Toller) is a large breed of gundog, well-muscled and medium to heavy boned, similar to the Golden Retriever. It features a clean-cut head which is slightly wedge-shaped. Facial features include flat cheeks, flesh or black coloured nose with well developed nostrils, medium size almond-shaped eyes that gives an alert and friendly expression, and triangular dropped ears set high and well back on the head. The eyes can be brown to amber blending nicely with the colour of the coat with flesh or black eye rims. It has a muzzle that tapers from stop to nose. It has a soft mouth, tight fitting lips that are flesh or black in colour and strong jaw with regular and complete scissor bite. The neck is strongly muscled and provides adequate support to the head. The powerful, compact, and well-muscled body is supported by straight and strong front legs and well muscled back legs on thickly padded round feet. A well-insulated deep chest helps protect the dog when swimming in cold water. The tail of this duck toller is well feathered and is normally carried below the level of the back when the dog is at rest; curves over when it is alert but never touches the back. The double coat is made of straight outer coat with a soft, dense undercoat that effectively repels water. It usually has small white markings on the chest, tail tip and feet.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was developed in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia in Scotland around the beginning of the 1900s and is thought to have been a result of some crosses between the Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel and the Irish Setter. The breed was created to lure (toll) waterfowls into gunning range and to retrieve the shot game from the water. Duck luring is a rather unusual but effective approach to bird hunting. The hunter hides in a blind near the shore and tosses a stick for the Toller to retrieve back and forth until the waterfowls are lured into the shore by their curiosity. When the waterfowls are in shooting range, the dog is called back into the blind and the hunter stands up and shoots. The Toller then retrieves the downed bird, a job that the breed was so effective of doing that it was once known as the Little River Duck Dog. When the Canadian Kennel Club recognized the breed in the 1950s, the present name was established.
The Toller is an intelligent and gentle breed, excellent with children and very much outdoing in the field. It is somewhat distrustful of strangers at first, but will show a great deal of friendliness and respect if it does not sense any threat afterwards. This breed is well known for its affection for people and makes a great therapy dog. It is also easily trained as it devoted, loves pleasing its master and loves learning new things. Its strong retrieving desire, playfulness and tolling (luring) comes natural and are necessary for an effective tolling job. It rarely barks, often doing so when it only sense danger or when it is alerting the presence of strangers.
Like all dogs, firm discipline (not harsh) is required to raise an excellent Toller. Harsh training will only result in a stubborn dog. This intelligent breed will respond well with a happy and gentle trainer.
Considered to be an average shedder, the water-repellent coat of this retriever requires moderate grooming; weekly brushing and a little trimming if necessary will be enough.
The Toller is generally a healthy breed. Properly cared for and maintained and with sickness aside, it can live between the age of 12 to 14 years. However, like almost all dog breeds, they are prone to certain genetic disorders including Addison’s disease, progressive retinal atrophy, canine hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation.
Avoid feeding this retriever with any soy products, beef or rice as much as possible. Owners should include fish, poultry and potato in their base diet instead, and feed the dog several small meals a day instead of one large one, to avoid the development of gastric torsion.
Being a high energy breed, the Toller requires a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep it in excellent shape. A game of fetch, such as throwing a ball or stick for the dog to retrieve are good training exercises. It will do fine in an apartment, if proper maintenance, especially exercise is provided. It is well adapted to cold weather and will do best in a house with a secured yard where it can roam freely.
Like the other Canadian retrievers, the Toller is never aggressive to both people nor other animals and it goes quite well with other dogs.