About Tollers

Brandy 2005 001The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (Toller) is one of the few purebred dogs that was “Made in Canada”. It was developed near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia over 100 years ago. The breed was recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1945.

The Toller was originally known as the Little River Duck Dog or the Yarmouth Toller.

The breed hunts in a unique manner by “tolling” or luring waterfowl with its lively gait, madly wagging tail and inexhaustible retrieving drive to within the hunter’s sight. The breed’s red colour, bushy tail and small size were developed to imitate the eastern red fox, which attracts ducks this way.

The Toller is the smallest of the retrievers and a sturdy, medium sized dog. Males are between 19″ and 20″ tall and weigh between 45-52 lbs. Females are about 1″ shorter and 10 lbs. lighter. The breed has a dense, water-resistant, medium length coat in shades of orangey-red, often with attractive white markings on face, feet, chest and tail tip.  See breed standard. Retriever Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Breed Standard

True to his hunting heritage, the Toller is an active dog. It is best suited to people who enjoy outdoor activities and are willing to give the dog the exercise he requires.

“Tollers are like Border Collies with an off switch”. Ted Anderson

The Toller is demonstratively affectionate with family members and friends, but more reserved with strangers. Few Tollers are naturally dominate or difficult to train if fair, consistent methods are used. In a household where children and dogs are raised to respect each other, the Toller is an ideal companion for a child. See 10 reasons Not to get a Toller page.

Niki & kids

Niki & kids



What do you call a pack of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers?

A scream of Tollers!





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