Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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    Owned and photographed by Arline MacDonald, British Columbia, Canada. Her name was Rosewood Arctic Flame of Ardun.

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    (Photo by Terry McNamee). The dog was owned by John Mitchell, Ontario, Canada. The dog's name was Winfren Vulpecula Ben, bred in Great Britain.

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The Full Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Description

The Toller is highly intelligent, alert, outgoing, and ready for action, though not to the point of nervousness or hyperactivity. He is affectionate and loving with family members and is good with children, showing patience.

Did you know?

"Tolling" is a Middle English word meaning to "lure or decoy game." To the hunter, this means to draw the waterfowl within range by using the playful action of a tolling dog, much as a fox will lure ducks within range. The curiosity of the waterfowl causes them to swim in close to shore to more closely observe the dog. Decoy dogs were used in Europe to lure ducks into nets, and as hunting companions since the 17th century, in eastern North America from Chesapeake Bay to the Maritimes. Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, Canada, is considered the place of origin of the purebred dog officially known as the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

Indicative Breed Standard

 

General Appearance

Medium sized, compact. Powerful, well muscled. A heavily feathered tail, constantly moving.

Characteristics

Jumps and plays to lure waterfowl into decoy. Retrieves dead and wounded birds. Strong swimmer.

Temperament

Kind, confident, intelligent, easy to train. Playful.

Head and Skull

Clean cut skull, slightly wedge shaped. Broad, slightly rounded. Occiput not prominent. Cheeks flat. Moderate stop. Muzzle tapers from stop to nose. Nostrils well developed. Nose flesh coloured or black.

Eyes

Medium-size, almond-shaped, well set apart. Alert expression. Brown to amber. Eye rims flesh coloured or black.

Ears

Triangular, medium size, set high and well back on skull. Base held very slightly erect; well feathered at back of fold, hair shorter at rounded tips.

Mouth

Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth sound and strong. Softness of mouth essential. Lips tight fitting, flesh coloured or black.

Neck

Medium length, strongly muscled, well set on, no indication of throatiness.

Forequarters

Shoulders well laid back, muscular, medium length. Elbows close to body. Forelegs straight and strong. Pasterns strong, slightly sloping.

Body

Deep chested, ribs well sprung, brisket reaches to elbow. Back short, level topline. Loins strong and muscular. Moderate tuck up.

Hindquarters

Well muscled. Stifles well bent, hocks well let down turning neither in nor out.

Feet

Medium size, round, tight. Toes well arched and strongly webbed. Pads thick, blending with coat colour.

Tail

Set on, slightly sloping towards croup. Broad at base, well feathered; reaching the hock. Carried below level of back at rest; when alert, curves over, not touching back.

Gait/Movement

Impression of power, springy, jaunty with good reach of forelegs and strong rear drive; parallel movement fore and aft. Single tracks at speed; head carried almost level with back.

Coat

Straight, repellent, double coat of medium length and softness with a softer, dense undercoat. Slight wave on back allowed. Feathering at throat, behind
ears and at back of thighs. Forelegs moderately feathered.

Colour

All shades of red or orange with lighter feathering under tail. White marks are permissible on tip of tail, feet and chest, or as blaze. Lack of white not to be penalised.

Size

Ideal height: dogs: 48-51 cms (19-20 ins); bitches: 45-48 cms (18-19 ins).

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