Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Sporting Group

Two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever dogs in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 17-20 in, Males 18-21 in

Weight

35-50 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever originated in the Little River district of Yarmouth County in Nova Scotia during the 19th century. Hunters bred the Retriever to implement an odd hunting behavior: they play and splash on the edge of the water, which arouses the curiosity of waterfowl so much that they will approach the fox-like dog. Once the birds get into gun range, the hunter can shoot them down and then the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever will retrieve.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Outgoing, upbeat, and curious

Love to chase and likely won't listen to commands once they take off after something

Tend to be destructive if bored or not exercised enough

Make great guard dogs- while wary of strangers, they often take cues from caretaker when greeting new people

Have a unique, high-pitched "scream" that they make when excited, frustrated, chasing an animal, etc.