Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Puppy

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Puppy

If you are considering bringing a puppy into your household, you may be thinking about a unique different breed, one that not everyone has.

You may like the retrieving breedsOpens in a new tab., but most people own the always friendly golden retriever or the happy-go-lucky Labrador retriever.

How about weighing in on a breed whose names can be a mouthful, but will awe most people you meet? Why not contemplate on the Nova Scotia duck-tolling retrieverOpens in a new tab. puppy? I know you are thinking, “the Nova Scotia Opens in a new tab.what?”

The Nova Scotia Duck tolling retrieverOpens in a new tab. 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, or even just lounging on the couch.

Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever puppies Opens in a new tab.can turn any bad mood right around with their joie de vivre, or enjoyment of life.

In the following article, we will enter the world of this sometimes unknown retriever and find out ” what is a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever puppy?”

As they are sometimes called, a Duck Toller growth chart will be included and information on how much to feed a Duck Toller puppyOpens in a new tab. as well.

To check your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers’ health status or their DNA checks, please visit the Embark vetOpens in a new tab. website for all the help you may need.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Puppy
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What is a Nova Scotia DuckTolling Retriever Puppy?

The Nova Scotia Duck tolling retriever puppy has somewhat of an appearance akin to the golden retriever, but this pup is a redhead.

Generally, they are shades of red from light to dark, some coppery and they most often have white markings on the tip of their tail, feet, chest, and/or face. The Duck Toller also has a double coat like most of the other retrieversOpens in a new tab., that insulates and keeps them dry.

Despite being a “redhead,” this puppy does not have a temper. The Toller has an easy-going manner, is good with children, is very energetic, and loves activity.

Because they are retrieving dogs, they are happiest outdoors with a job to do. They love both swimming and retrieving games and do require plenty of exercise.

No one wants a bored puppy because they will find something to do when boredom sets in and it generally involves chewing on inappropriate objects. Always have a supply of toys to keep them busy.

Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever puppiesOpens in a new tab. are not big barkers but will bark when a need to communicate arises.

This puppy breed makes an excellent, loving, and loyal family dog for the right family. They are high energy, so living with a sedentary family is not a good choice.

Just as any breed needs socialization at an early age, so does the Toller, along with obedience training.

What is a Nova Scotia DuckTolling Retriever Puppy
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Duck Toller Growth Chart

The Duck Toller puppy will grow into a medium-sized dog being on average, 35lbs to 50lbs and 17 to 21 in height. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years.

Below is a growth chart with the average weights as your puppyOpens in a new tab. grows.

Toller Puppy ageToller Puppy weight by lbsToller Puppy weight by kilograms
8 Weeks5.5lbs – 8lbs2.49kg – 3.63kg
9 Weeks6.2lbs – 9lbs2.81kg – 4.08kg
10 Weeks6.9lbs – 10lbs3.13kg – 4.54kg
11 Weeks 7.6lbs – 11lbs4.45kg – 4.99kg
12 Weeks8.3lbs – 12lbs3.76kg – 5.44kg
13 Weeks8.9lbs – 13lbs4.04kg -5.90kg
14 Weeks9.6lbs – 14lbs4.35kg – 6.35kg
15 Weeks 10.3lbs – 15lbs4.67kg – 6.80kg
16 Weeks11lbs – 16lbs4.99kg – 7.26kg
5 Months 15lbs – 22lbs6.80kg – 9.99kg
6 Months17.9LBS – 26LBS8.12kg -11.79kg
7 Months20.6lbs – 30lbs9.34kg – 13.61kg
8 Months24lbs – 35lbs10.89kg – 15.88kg
9 Months27lbs – 39lbs12.25kg – 17.69kg
10 Months29.6lbs – 43lbs13.43kg – 19.50kg
11 Months 33lbs – 48lbs14.97kg – 21.77kg
12 Months35lbs – 50lbs15.86kg – 22.68kg
Table 1 Duck Toller Puppy Growth Chart
Duck Toller Growth Chart
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Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever puppies grow in length, height, and weight steadily until about 9 months, and then their growth slows as they fill out a little more.

As on average, puppies are full-grown between 11 and 12 months. Below are the growth and development stages of the Duck Toller puppyOpens in a new tab..


At birth and one week, puppies are completely dependent on their mother for everything from food to warmth.

Puppies cannot regulate their own temperatures, so their mother has to keep them warm along with their littermates.

Puppies are deaf and blind at birth and don’t move about much.

During the second week, their eyes will open, and by the third-week ears will open and puppies will be able to regulate their temperatures.

They will also be moving about with wagging tails and begin getting teeth and tasting their first puppy food.

By week four, puppies will be roaming all over, socializing and also being weaned, and eating more puppy food.

Week five will see your puppy running and playing and by the sixth week, they will be entirely weaned and eating five to six small meals daily.

Your puppy continues to grow in the seventh week and by the eighth week, they are ready to leave their mother and littermates and go to their new home with you.


Potty training should be taking place as soon as the puppy Opens in a new tab.enters your home along with plenty of socialization. Around three months it’s time for their first vaccinations and also some low-key training.

At four months your Duck Toller is looking more like an adult. They learn new things easily and training should continue and learned training reinforced.

At five months, there is plenty of chewing, so provide proper toys to keep them busy and help with sore gums. Short walks are great also.

By six months, the Toller appears pretty grownup. Females may come into their first season.


By seven months your Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever puppy will have their adult teeth, 42 in all. They will also look like an adult and be given adult food rather than puppy food.

At eight months, training and reinforcement should continue. Exercise helps with restlessness and disobedience and a desire to be strong-willed at times.

By nine months, puppies can have harder workouts. When puppies are younger, their bones and joints are still not fully formed and can be damaged if exercise is too strenuous. Males and females can be neutered and spayed at this age.


During this time, your pup will not be growing too much more. Keep up with obedience training, perhaps in classes with other people and dogs, and also with socialization.

You probably won’t believe the difference in your pup’s appearance and personality in just a few months. Puppies grow very quickly.


Your Duck Toller puppy needs nutritious and healthy high-quality food to grow to their adult weight and to receive the necessary vitamins and minerals their growing bodies need.

If they are thriving on the puppy food that their breeder has been feeding them, no need to change it.

If they are not or if you aren’t happy with the ingredient list on the label, do some research on foods or consult your veterinarian for a good brand of food.

There are also diet choices to make in feeding your puppies such as kibble, canned food, a homemade diet, or a raw diet.

Homemade and raw diets can be bought pre-made but can be quite pricy. You can also make your own, but this can also be costly, not to mention, time-consuming. Feed your pup whichever food is best for your puppy, your lifestyle, and your wallet.

Don’t forget to add some nutritious fruits and vegetables into your pup’s kibble which will not only make it tastier but healthier too.

Check with your veterinarian or do some research beforehand as some fruits and vegetables can make your Duck Toller sick and can even be deadly. Not all fruits and vegetables are right for puppies.

Below is a feeding chart for your puppy.

Duck Toller Puppy age Duck Toller Puppy feeding Duck Toller Puppy feeding times a day
8 Weeks – 3 Months 1 1/3 Cups – 2 CUPS 4 times a day
4 Months – 5 Months1 3/4 Cups – 3 Cups3 times a day
6 Months – 8 Months2 Cups – 3 1/3 Cups2 times a day
9 Months – 12 Months2 2/3 cups to 3 1/2 cups2 times a day
Table 2 Duck Toller puppy feeding chart

The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever puppy is a wonderful exuberant ball of fluff and grows into an equally awesome adult dog.

Owning any dog is a responsibility and feeding them a proper diet and ensuring they grow into a healthy Duck Toller adult is part of that responsibility.

Along the way, if any questions arise, you can always turn to the expertise of your veterinarian who will always make sure that your puppy is growing properly.

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