The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest of the retrievers. There was one at the vet hospital yesterday who’d gotten a bath. I had the honor of brushing him out. Talk about the sweetest dog ever. He was really good for me when I was working on the matting on his legs and even went so far as to roll over on his back for belly rubs. He’d just been adopted, and I’d say his family is pretty lucky.
This breed was developed in the early 19th century to lure and retrieve waterfowl. The act of them playing around the water would lure the ducks within shooting range (called “tolling”). They’re an intelligent and loving dog who would do better if given some sort of job. Maintenance for their water repellent coat is low (occasional baths and brushing).
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally a healthy dog. Their lifespan is about 12-14 years. They do face some genetic disorders, possibly due to a small gene pool. Disorders include:
- Addison’s disease
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Hip dysplasia
If you’d like more information on the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, you can visit the AKC website.
- Another possible origin of the Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever (retrieverman.wordpress.com)