Double coat is of medium length and water repellant, with soft, dense undercoat.
Red, from a deep golden red to a dark coppery red, with small white markings typically on their feet, chest, tail tip and face.
Although he is the smallest of the retrievers in overall size, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (often called
"Toller" by his admirers) is certainly not "shorter" of natural talent. So keen is his desire to work that owners say that he bears a sad expression on his face until he can participate in a retrieving game or a real hunt, during which he is animated and exceptionally in tune to the task at hand. Tolling is a natural ability, and while it needs to be trained so that the dog can master certain idiosyncrasies of the style, it cannot be taught. It comes completely naturally to the Toller, who is described as a "retrieving fool." He loves his family and is completely devoted to them.
Like most retrievers, the Toller is extremely adaptable, and his compact size means that he can get along in the city and the country - as long as he is sufficiently exercised. He is an all-weather dog - he can do well in just about any climate, from hot and humid to cold and rainy.
Tollers can excel at just about anything you want to try, including obedience, agility, hunting and other competitive sports.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever must get enough exercise on a daily basis. He is an athletic and energetic dog who can animatedly retrieve in and out of the water for hours at a time. His favorite pastime, besides real-life tolling, is to play retrieving games in a pond, lake or even the ocean.
NSDTRs are enthusiastic eaters who will usually devour whatever is fed to them. Because of this, it is important to monitor their food intake to prevent obesity. They need the highest-quality diet to ensure that they are getting the nutrition they require. Feeding twice a day is preferred.
The NSDTR is responsive and eager when engaged in his favorite pursuit - retrieving. With positive and motivational training methods, he is also a quick learner of basic household manners and other activities, like canine sports.
Tollers are gentle and get along well with children. They are usually standoffish with strangers but will warm up after proper "introductions." They are curious around other dogs and pets but can coexist peacefully with them.
The average life span of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is 13 to 16 years. Breed health problems may include Addison's disease; autoimmune thyroiditis; Collie eye anomaly (CEA); and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
He is an average shedder, but the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever has a dense undercoat that needs regular brushing with a bristle brush to keep it
tangle- and dirt-free. His is a waterproof coat, and he shouldn't be bathed often, as this depletes its natural oils. With his love of the water and hanging ears, they should be kept clean and dry to stave off infection.
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