Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever | Dog Lovers Festival Dog Directory


The smallest of the retrievers comes from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, most likely developed by crossing the Chesapeake Bay Retriever with the Golden Retriever.


Powerful fox-like appearance with a broad head and strong, deep chest.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: Requires regular brushing and combing.
  • Coat Type: Medium in length, somewhat wavy.
  • Moulting: Moderate shedding.
  • Exercise Needs: Requires plenty of exercise and needs to be kept active. Anything involving swimming and retrieving is ideal for this dog.
  • Average Life Span: 12 to 14 years.


  • Family: Ideally suited to an active country dwelling family, with lots of space to run. Gets on well with children.
  • Temperament: Very lively, active with great endurance.
  • Trainability: Easy to train as it is highly intelligent and a fast learner that likes to work for its handler.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Gets along well with other animals but should be socialised from an early age.
  • Barking: Low tendency.


With the correct training this dog will do well in flyball and agility trials, they also seem to show a talent for tracking and obedience.


Not prone to any major health concerns; however they may suffer from minor issues such as progressive retinal atrophy and canine hip dysplasia.