Breed Profile

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was originally developed in the early 19th century to toll (or lure) and retrieve waterfowl. These clever dogs were trained to run, jump and play along the shoreline to arouse the curiosity of nearby ducks and lure them close enough for their masters to shoot. The ducks were then retrieved by this proud breed.


This dog normally lives up to 14 years of age.


43cm to 55cm
17kg to 28kg


A well-trained Toller is extremely intelligent, outgoing and gentle, especially with children. In a normal caring household there should be no sign of any aggressive behaviour with people or with other animals. Being a retriever the Toller is bursting with energy and will require firm training from a young age to prevent it from running off during walks.


While the Toller gets along with most animals, its natural retrieving instinct may prompt it to gently ‘round up’ any smaller pets in the home. However this habit can easily be controlled with kind but firm training.


Bred to retrieve fowl from the icy rivers and lakes of Nova Scotia, the Toller has a waterproof double coat that needs weekly brushing to keep it clean and in good condition. The thick coats does retain water and should be vigorously dried after a swim or wade in the water. The coat may have a slight wave on the back, but is otherwise straight. Some winter coats may form a long loose curl at the throat.


These active dogs love company and will adapt comfortably to most environments. They can tolerate extreme weather conditions and are at their happiest when given plenty of space to run, play and explore.


For more information on this fun dog, contact one of the groups listed below:

Recommended Breeders

Breeder NameKennelState 
Glenda Forster Glenmave VIC Contact
Jeannie Leibhardt Airai SA Contact
Emma Simon Lidlriva QLD Contact
Therese Kropman Apriltaine NSW Contact
Tina Teasdale Tolleron NSW Contact
Nicola Robson Marityme NSW Contact
Rose Shaw Tollabelle NSW Contact

*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)



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