The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever makes a great family pet. She is a good watch dog but a poor guard dog. She is not a barker, but will let you know when strangers are about. She is generally good with other dogs and pets. She loves children and absolutely lives to retrieve a ball. They are said to make great house dogs. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.


Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is 17 to 21 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 37 to 51 pounds.

Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is no exception. Although considered to be a very healthy breed, be on the look out for Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), eye problems, auto immune problems and thyroid problems. This disease list s an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

Grooming. They have a double coat of medium length and medium soft outer hair and a soft, dense inner coat. Bath her rarely as this strips her protective oils from her coat. She should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.

Life Span. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is from Nova Scotia, Canada where they were used to help hunt ducks by luring them with their antics. They may be a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. They are listed with the American Kennel Association.

  • Affectionate, Intelligent, Outgoing
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 83 of 191
  • Height: 18-21 inches (male), 17-20 inches (female)
  • Weight: 35-50 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Group: Sporting Group

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