Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Other Names : Little River Duck Dog, Yarmouth Toller, NSDR, Toller

Country of Origin : Canada

Dog Group : Gundog


The ancestors of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever of today have been recorded since at least the 1890’s. The breed was further developed in the early part of the 20th century to lure and retrieve waterfowl. It is thought that they were the result of several crosses involving Golden, Chesapeake Bay, Labrador, and Flat-Coated Retrievers. It is possible that they may also have small amounts of Cocker Spaniel, Irish Setter, and working collies and maybe even a variety or two of the spitz type breeds in them too. They used to be called the Little River Duck Dog or the Yarmouth Toller. When they were first registered by the Canadian Kennel Club in the late 1950’s they were called the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. They began to arrive in the UK in the late 1980’s and are slowly gaining in popularity.


The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium sized, active dog with a distinctively feathered tail and webbed feet.

Feeding & Ownership

As puppies the Toller should have a nutritious diet to ensure the proper formation of the bones and joints.


The Toller is an intelligent dog, which gets on well with children, and enjoys being outdoors. They are ideally suited to the active country dwelling family. They should be socialised from an early age.


The coat of the Toller is of medium length, water proof with a soft, dense undercoat. The coat does need to be brushed regularly, once a week should be sufficient, however during moulting more attention may be required. They may need the longer hair on their feet and ears tidied up from time to time.


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