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Energetic, smart, affectionate, playful, and a retriever extraordinaire — these are some of the characteristics of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. This handsome redhead is a perfect match for active, outdoorsy people who love having a canine companion on their adventures. The smallest of retrievers, some fans call him a “little red tornado.” And with his warm gaze and expressive face, he could melt the iciest of hearts. See this remarkable dog in action.

1. He's fast… really fast.

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2. With his webbed feet, he's a natural and enthusiastic swimmer. Tollers excel at dog sports like dock diving.

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3. So, what's tolling? By definition, tolling means to entice game to approach. A long time ago, hunters watched the way foxes play along the shoreline to lure in curious waterfowl. So they trained their dogs to do the same. Seeing the dogs gamboling near water's edge, waterfowl move in closer to the shoreline. Once within gun range, the hunter brings them down and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever springs into action to retrieve the bird.

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4. With their natural instincts, they love to retrieve anything from the water.

Toller retrieving in water
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5. And on land.


A photo posted by Jon Thornham (@jonthornham) on Sep 14, 2014 at 1:51pm PDT

6. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are intensely alert and curious, eagerly awaiting their next job.


A photo posted by Loki (@lokithetoller) on Mar 9, 2016 at 3:05pm PST

7. Even if their next 'job' is playing together.

8. Once you and your Toller are thoroughly worn out, it's time for some serious cuddling.


A photo posted by @henrikpovlsen on Mar 10, 2016 at 12:11pm PST

9. And a snooze.


A photo posted by Mollie & Murphy (@moll_and_murph) on Mar 12, 2016 at 2:48pm PST

10. With an expression that could melt an iceberg…


A photo posted by Adoreas Red Kasey (@kaseythetoller) on Mar 12, 2016 at 10:29am PST


11. …Their owners adore them, and the feeling is mutual!


A photo posted by @torillc on Mar 12, 2016 at 12:54pm PST


Header image: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club

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