Nova Scotia Duck Tolling RetrieverCare

The water-repellent, medium-length coat is an average shedder; regular brushing required.

Highly intelligent, alert and outgoing, the Toller is normally ready for action, desiring a job to do or some kind of activity. He is affectionate and loving with family members and is good with children, showing patience. A natural-looking breed, the Toller does not require much coat maintenance beyond occasional brushing and baths.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Toller is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


A regular weekly grooming with a brush and the occasional bath to keep them clean and looking their best will do. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Medium
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

After reading that unique job description, you might assume Tollers are a high-energy breed. And you’d be right. Tollers are upbeat athletes who require outlets for their boundless vigor: hunting, hiking, camping, and, of course, swimming (for which they’re ideally constructed, down to their webbed feet). Tollers are beautiful, friendly, affectionate companions whose warm retriever gaze could melt the heart of the wariest FedEx driver. But these little red tornadoes can be recommended only to families with the time and energy to keep them happily occupied.

energy level Lots of Exercise

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease like PRA. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of ‘Tollers' are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.