Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are intelligent and versatile dogs rich with personality.
We have a lot of energy and are active as puppies, but we calm down when we get older. But ourselves will last a lifetime!
When we are indoors, we are calm, and when outdoors, we are borderline hyperactive. This 'on and off button' makes us suitable for active, outdoors families!
We are not initially guarding dogs but will probably notify you when a visitor arrives. While we may be somewhat reserved towards strangers, it does not take us long like them.
Our versatility makes us eligible for championships of all kinds. We are commonly used in agility, tracking, freestyle and obedience. But we thrive the most when hunting ducks!
We are also commonly used as sniffer dogs in toll customs and the police.
By the way, this is how we look as puppies:
How much activity does a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever need?
All retrievers (we are water-retrieving dogs) need daily exercise to thrive. We are no exception!
We also need a lot of mental stimuli to work our intelligent brains! We can quickly become unhappy we are not allowed to use our capacity.
Nova Scotians are skilled swimmers, and we naturally love water retrieval. This is an excellent activity that is fun for both the owners and us.
Do we bark a lot?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers mostly bark sporadically. We are not whiny dogs.
In addition to barking, we also have another sound we can make. This sound is more like a "scream" than a bark. It would like to be heard when we are aroused/enthusiastic, for example, during play.
It may sound like this:
Do we require a lot of grooming?
We have a medium length, water-repellent coat with a soft and dense undercoat. You should expect to brush our coats at regular intervals, usually a couple of times a week.
In periods when we shed a lot, a lot more brushing will be necessary.
Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have good health?
Diseases can occur in all dogs, regardless of breed. For our part, some genetic conditions may arise. Such as the eye disease progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and hip and elbow joint dysplasia.
Fish individuals have a life expectancy of 12-14 years.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are medium-sized dogs.
Height of male dogs: 48-51 cm.
Height bitches: 45-48 cm.
Weight: 17-23 kg.