duck tolling retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Nova Scotia Duck tolling retriever is a highly intelligent breed that learns quickly. They are very active and love to be on the go, wherever their “tribe’” is, whether hiking, running, boating, and even just lounging on the couch.

The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever was bred in the 19th century by sportsmen hunters on Canada’s island of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth County and the Little River District, to be exact.


The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever is a relatively healthy breed, but again, due to hereditary conditions and unhealthy practices they can develop diseases.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Health Problems

Dogs are somewhat nearsighted and we humans do see better what is right ahead of us. Both our eyes and our dog’s eyes are anatomically different plus humans are placed on the front of our heads, while dogs are situated more on the sides of their heads

The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever does have a double fur coat with longer guard hairs on the topcoat and a wooly, soft and dense undercoat. This dog has been bred to lure and retrieve waterfowl often in and around water.

nova duck tolling retriever can suffer from skin issues, that other breeds develop and a few develop from underlying diseases that create symptoms that affect the skin.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers run the same likelihood of having a food sensitivity as other dogs. Unlike an intolerance, a food allergy will negatively affect your dog’s skin and gastrointestinal system.

Like all dog breeds, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers may develop an autoimmune disease or have the genetic predisposition to develop one at some point in their lives.


Dogs can become malnourished faster and easier than we’d expect. Attentive care and feeding may not be enough to keep dogs from this plight, as other underlying issues can sap precious nutrients.