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Old 10-27-2006, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever information?

I've been doing some research on this somewhat rare breed and I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with these dogs. From what I've read, they seem to be exceptionally intelligent and fun dogs that would be great with kids and manageable in terms of size, upkeep, etc.


What do you all think?


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Old 10-27-2006, 08:33 PM   #2
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It's a hunting dog and so a dog that has a lot of energy.I do flyball with my golden and saw some,there.They were fast,agile and full of life.They seem to be very loving,with a smilly face.

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Old 10-27-2006, 11:57 PM   #3
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I'm not sure why these dogs are so rare, but I've heard it's pretty hard to get a hold of one. Friends of mine struck up a relationship with a breeder and had to foster a senior NSDT before they would be considered to take a puppy. There were waiting lists at that time (10 years ago). For some rare breeds, it's very difficult to get a puppy. It took us almost 3 years to get Tilly, as we were on a waiting list with a particular breeder. You might want to talk to some breeders and see if there are any rescues or fosters available.
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On one of the other sites I am on there are a few people who own Trollers and they need a lot andI mean a lot of exercise they are gorgeous but would not suit everyone so I would speak to some breeders to see if they are the breed for you. So many dogs end up in rescue because people tdo not research the proper breed for them so I would be inclined to speak to breeders. If there is a show in your area go along and speak to the breeders/owners there. I think they are a super breed but they would not fit in with my lifestyle and as I said they are not the breed for everyone.
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:41 AM   #5
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The toller I handle in agiltiy is a rescue, and not very typical of the breed. She's very low maintanence and a total sweetheart.

but, I've heard from other toller owners that they can be compared to a mix between a Border Collie and a Golden.

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thanks for all the input guys. it looks like i have some more research to do.

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A Canadian breed the Toller is a gorgeous dog.

Here info on the breed:


Origin:

Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, is the home of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, for many years one of Canada's best-kept secrets. Tolling is a technique used to entice game to approach within firing range by arousing their curiosity. It's a trick used by the fox and when hunters saw how well the on-shore antics worked, they developed a dog to do the same thing. The Tollers were a mixture of retrievers, spaniels and setters with a possible farm collie cross thrown in. The breed was perfected in the latter half of the 19th century and was known as the Little River Duck Dog. After many generations of pure breeding, it was recognized by The Canadian Kennel Club in 1945 and christened the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

Temperament:

Highly intelligent and easy to train, the Toller has already made a name for itself in obedience competition. His playfulness, a part of Tolling, also makes him an entertaining companion.

Activity level:

A dog of great endurance, the Toller is also a strong swimmer and a natural retriever, both on land and water. The breed likes to work and should have lots of outdoor exercise.

Height/Weight:

A medium-sized sporting dog, male Tollers measure 19-20 in (48-51 cm) at the shoulder and weigh from 45-51 lb (20.5-23 kg). Females average 1 in (.5 cm) less and weigh 37-43 lb (17-19.5 kg).

Coat:

The Toller wears a medium-length, water-repellent double coat with a softer, dense undercoat.

Colour:

Tollers may be various shades of red or orange with white markings on the chest, feet and the tip of the ever-wagging tail.

Grooming:

Grooming consists of frequent brushing to remove dead hair and keep the undercoat free of mats.

Taken from here and ther is a pic of one as well, it is listed under retriever:

http://www.dogsincanada.com/breeds/index.html

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I'm not sure why these dogs are so rare, but I've heard it's pretty hard to get a hold of one. Friends of mine struck up a relationship with a breeder and had to foster a senior NSDT before they would be considered to take a puppy. There were waiting lists at that time (10 years ago). For some rare breeds, it's very difficult to get a puppy.
??? I had no trouble getting my Toller, I talked to like 5 different breeders before I finally picked one that had a dog that fit my needs(and that was just narrowing it down to the raw feeders who follow limited vaccines and make working ability part of their priority), but I was looking for an older puppy too... I didnt have trouble aquiring her at all, I just had to fill out application forms and wait for the breeders to contact me lol though I had to answer a million questions about weather I could handle the energy and brains etc.. I was sitting there going "I have 2 border collies...." lol cant say I am too impressed with the so called "high energy" my Toller has NOTHING on my BCs as far as smarts and energy go.
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That is a breed that I've only read about. I don't believe I've ever seen one in person which is really strange as I think I've seen most other breeds at least within reach within my lifetime. Sorry, I can't help ya with any info.
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I am on a waiting list for a Toller puppy to be born in January. They are not the breed for everyone. They tend to be noisy and some have what they call the "Toller Scream". The Toller Scream is an extremely high pitched, loud scream made by a very excited Toller.

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