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Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever


The Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retrievers originated in Nova Scotia, Canada, in the early 19th century. Also known as The Toller, they are the smallest of the retriever type dogs and have a beautiful red coat, which distinguishes them from Golden Retrievers. They were bred to entice waterfowl to the water’s edge and then retrieve them for their owner, so they have a water-repellent double coat. Tollers are highly intelligent dogs and intense while working but can be affectionate and easy-going at home. They are easy to train, but they are independent, emotionally sensitive, and like to do things their own way.

Common Health Conditions

  • Hypothyroidism is a common hormonal disease in Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retrievers, in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroxin.
  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia causes the hip joints to form improperly and can lead to arthritis.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease is one of the most common causes of vomiting and chronic diarrhea in dogs, and is sometimes observed in Tollers.
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