Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Shedding

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Shedding


When considering inviting any dog to be a member of your family, we usually have certain breeds in mind. The dogs that come to mind are generally breeds that fit into our lifestyle.

If you are a stay-at-home, not a fan of an exercise person, you will probably gravitate toward breeds such as the Pekingese, French bulldog, Shih Tzu, dachshund, or pug, which are dogs that are low energy and exercise canines.

If you and your family are very active and love the outdoors, you may consider an English springer spaniel, border collie, Siberian husky, German shepherd, Golden retrieverOpens in a new tab. or Labrador retriever, or even a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.

One thing that may not have crossed your mind when rolling the dice and choosing a dog is how much they shed.

If someone in your home suffers from allergies, you may want to consider a lower shedding dog.

You may have your heart set on the wonderful Nova Scotia duck tolling retrieverOpens in a new tab. but, exactly how much cleaning up will you have to do?

In the following reading, I will answer the question, “Do Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers shed.?” Also included will be “How much does a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever shed?” I’ll also add some shedding solutions for easy clean-ups.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Shedding
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Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers Shed?

Yes, Nova Scotia duck tolling retrieversOpens in a new tab. do shed and you may also ask the question, “How much do they shed?” Well, these awesome Duck Tollers are moderate shedders.

They are not really high maintenance prima donna’s at all and for most of the year they can get away with a good brushing once a week to remove dirt and tangles. They may even be considered a “wash and wear” dog!

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.

If you’re familiar at all with Nova Scotia, it can get downright frigid with icy waters, lakes, and bays. That’s why the Duck Toller’s coat is not only warm and insulated but water repellent too.

The problem with double-coated dogs is that they shed quite heavily seasonally when the weather turns warm in spring and begins to get cool and crisp in fall.

They will shed their entire undercoat in the spring to grow in a cooler coat to insulate against the heat of summer and this shedding will occur again in fall to make way for an insulated winter coat.

These two shedding seasons are often called “coat blow” seasons, because, at times it can appear to be a big explosion of fur!

Be aware that dogs can also shed immensely if they are under stress or have any underlying medical conditions and this is so with humans as well.

If your Duck Toller seems to be shedding profusely all the time or displays any bald patches, please check in with your veterinarian.

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

Do Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers Shed?
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Why Double Coats?

If you’re wondering why some dogs are double-coated while others are not, it generally boils down to the history of a certain breed and if they were bred to do a job, especially one that is outdoors in the elements.

You will find that many of the working, hunting, and retrieving dogs as well as shepherds have double coats. Opens in a new tab.

Examples are the German shepherd, Australian shepherd, Siberian husky, Scottish terrier, Yorkshire terrier, Golden retriever, Labrador retrieverOpens in a new tab., and of course the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.

If you were surprised to see the Yorkshire and Scottish terriers, wondering what job these little dogs could do outdoors, the Yorkie was bred to kill rats and the Scottish terrier to hunt foxes, badgers, and rats with both keeping farms free from vermin.

Single-coated dogs lack insulation and are often seen in sweaters during cold weather. Some of these are the Maltese, poodle, Shih Tzu, whippet, and the Afghan hound.

The advantage of single coats is that if you suffer from allergies, these may be easier to tolerate. Although dander, or dry skin, causes allergies, the more fur a dog sheds, the more dander sheds with the fur.

Shedding Solutions for You and your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Before you decide to throw in the towel and give up the idea of a Nova Scotia duck tolling retrieverOpens in a new tab. because of shedding issues, remember that they are moderate shedders.

The big guns of heavy shedding are the Chow Chow, Akita, Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky, Saint Bernard, Great Pyrenees, American Eskimo, German shepherd, and the Duck Toller’s cousin, the Golden retrieverOpens in a new tab.. All of these breeds can give you garbage bags full of fur during shedding season!

Below are some tips to help with ongoing grooming as well as making it through the shedding season stress-free.

  • Brushing

Begin all types of grooming when your Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever is a puppy.Opens in a new tab. Acclimate them to a grooming routine of brushing and baths so these are stress-free and enjoyable times.

Brushing your Duck Toller once a week should be sufficient for most of the year but during shedding seasons you will have to step it up a bit to keep up with the fur, perhaps to two or three times a week or even every day.

Brushing more often during this time will actually save time by getting more fur out daily and quicker than having very long brushing sessions once a week. Use a bristle brush or slicker brush normally but during shedding season, use an undercoat rake.

This will help pull out all of the loosened furs more easily. Finish up with a slicker brush and wipe off any loose flyaway fur with a damp cloth or pet wipe.

There are many conditioning pet sprays available to help with tangles and mats. If you keep up with brushing, your pup shouldn’t develop any mats but they still can occur.

There are de-matting combs for this and keep some grooming scissors handy because sometimes you may have to cut a mat out if you just can’t untangle it. Combing out mats can be painful.

Shedding Solutions for You and your Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
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  • Bathing

Bathing your Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever can be done once every couple of months. Bathing during the shedding seasons is a plus because it will help to loosen and remove fur more quickly.

Use a healthy nourishing shampoo, that is good for your pup’s fur and skin. Natural shampoos with fewer ingredient frills are usually better for their skin. Conditioners or detangling sprays are great for getting the brush through their fur afterward.

Only bathe your Duck Toller when necessary, if they get dirty outdoors or smelly. Too much bathing can dry their skin and fur, causing itchiness, rashes, and even fur loss.

  • Swimming


Since Duck Toller’s absolutely loves the water, swimming is a great way to incorporate, exercise, fun, and remove loose fur, especially during “coat blow” season.

Being in the water will loosen fur allowing it to come out in the water. Just be sure to rinse your pup off after swimming.

  • Groomer

If bathing is just too big of a job for you, enlist the services of a professional groomer to do the “dirty” work.

If you have trouble getting your dog to be still and listen, they generally are better behaved with a groomer and it’s less of a hassle.

Your groomer can also remove mats, give a subtle trim and also trim nails at the same time. Never ask your groomer to shave your Toller.

Even though they may seem hot in the summertime, they still need that double coat because it does insulate against the heat as well. They would also be left exposed to sunburn and become easier prey for parasites as well.

  • House cleaning


Don’t forget to rid your home of fur, not just your pup! Investing in a great vacuum cleaner is the way to go when you have a dog.

Many sweepers are specifically made for those with pets, and have out-of-this-world suction along with many super attachments to make cleaning fun (let’s not get carried away) and easy.

There are also mops for bare floors that make for a quick clean-up of fur that sticks to them and then you can dispose of the attached cleaning wipe.

  • Nutrition

Nutrition is very important not only for your pup’s overall health but what they eat affects their skin and coat too.

Make sure your Duck Toller is eating a nutritious high-quality dog food and ask your veterinarian about supplements if you don’t think they are properly fortified. Omega 3 fatty acids are great for both coat and skin.


Being a pet parent means certain responsibilities and if you have a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever cleaning up a pup’s fur is one of them.

Use the tips above to help you cope with sheddingOpens in a new tab. but if you notice your Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever losing too much fur all the time, make an appointment to visit your veterinarian.

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