In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever that you might not know.
A Quick Overview: Group: Sporting Dogs Weight: 35 to 50 pounds Height: 1 foot, 5 inches to 1 foot, 9 inches tall at the shoulder Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a rare breed that originated in the Little River district of Nova Scotia, a province on Canada's Atlantic coast. Originally known as Little River Duck Dogs, they were renamed the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever — a mouthful, even for a retriever, so most fans call them Tollers.
This sporting breed has a lot going for it: personality, versatility, and an easycare coat. They're the smallest of all the retriever breeds and share many of the same traits, such as a strong working drive, intelligence, and happy nature. But the breed has some drawbacks as well. They can be strongwilled and are not as eager to please as a Labrador or Golden Retriever. If allowed to, they will take control of a household.
They need to be guided by people who are firm, fair, and consistent. Even then they can be inventive in getting their way. With training, however, that intelligence and inventiveness can be channeled into almost any activity. They're best suited to life with a weekend hunter or an active family who enjoys hiking or participating in dog sports, such as agility, flyball, and Frisbee.
Tollers love kids. They're great for playing ball or pulling a child on a skateboard. They get along well with other dogs, especially other Tollers. Their prey drive, however, may send them careening after cats or other animals that look like a good sport.
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