The Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever is a beautiful, intelligent breed that originates from Canada. This breed was developed for duck hunting and retrieving along the Atlantic Coast of Canada in the early 19th century.
This medium-sized dog stands at around 18-21 inches tall and weighs between 35-50 pounds. They have a thick double coat that can range from red to orange in color with white markings on their chest, feet, and tail. Their distinctive features include webbed feet, a muscular body with a tapered tail which helps them when swimming.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are known to be friendly, loyal dogs that are great family pets as they love being part of social settings. These dogs also possess hunting instincts so it’s important for owners to ensure proper training and attention to these behavioral tendencies.
They interact well with children if properly introduced but require supervision around young ones due to their high energy levels.
Like many breeds, Tollers may experience health issues such as hip dysplasia or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). With regular vet visits including recommended screenings like annual eye exams could help prevent these problems.
Tollers need daily exercise as they’re active breeds due to their history; going for long walks or jogs is highly recommended
As puppies exercising should be done according to age & size on moderation till growth isn’t complete
Special Grooming Needs:
Brushing once a week keeps fur healthy & silky but while shedding it should increase up-to two times per week . Routine grooming tasks should include nail trimming every few weeks , ear cleaning regularly , teeth brushing is also good practice
These retrievers tend towards independence however positive reinforcement practices are crucial although harsher tactics wonâ€™t result well . Alongside basic obedience teaching specialized training encouraging retrieval exercises would greatly benefit this breed .
Using both verbal command & hand signal simultaneously
helps with training.
Compatibility with children/pets:
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are known to be friendly breeds for both other pets and children. They require socialization from an early age & regular grooming .
It’s always recommended that small children should be supervised around dogs
Tollers aren’t very vocal instead they have another way of communicating through soft growls . They might become strong chewers during the teething phase so providing chew toys is crucial.