Nova Scotia Duck Tolling RetrieverThe Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is also known as: Little River Duck Dog
|Group classification: Sporting||Country of origin: Nova Scotia (Canada)||Date of origin: 19th century|
|Weight (M): 45 - 52 lb||Height (M): 18 - 21"||Life expectancy: 12 - 13 years|
|Weight (F): 35 - 42 lb||Height (F): 17 - 20"|
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General Description of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
The smallest of the retrievers, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is strong, compact and agile. The head is clean and wedged shaped, with high set triangular ears atop a slightly rounded skull. The expression is intelligent and friendly, and according to some, changes from forlorn when inactive to alert and eager when working. The nose is broad and varies in color with the coat, and the jaws form a tight scissors bite. The body is efficiently muscular with a straight topline ending in a considerably feathered tail. Especially powerful hindquarters and webbed feet make this dog an excellent swimmer. The Nova Scotia sports a medium length, water repellent double coat with a soft, thick undercoat; the coat is straight except for on the hindquarters, where it may be slightly wavy. Color can be any shade of red, with white markings on the feet, chest and tail, and a white blaze on the face.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Temperament
The intelligence, discipline and fortitude required of a tolling dog can largely explain the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrieverís personality. As befitting a dog trained to play with other dogs for hours on end, the Nova Scotia is immensely energetic, frolicsome and sociable with other dogs. Nova Scotias are also highly obedient and easily trained, excelling at any task their masters demand of them. This dog will instantly warm to children and other pets, and will make friends with strangers after a very brief evaluation. Though this dog is as energetic as a nuclear bomb, owners are often surprised that the dog can easily be taught to be calm and quiet indoors. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers can become stubborn when bored and unchallenged, but generally speaking this is a dog that lives to serve.
Caring for a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Like many other sporting dogs, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever needs lots of exercise and is happiest when that exercise includes swimming or retrieving. Mental exercise, including games of agility and obedience, is also imperative to keep this dog from becoming bored. The dog is physically capable of living in the backyard, but its constant need for human interaction and affection can only be met if the dog lives indoors with its family. A weekly brushing should keep the coat looking good; bathing requirements vary depending on how often the dog is in the water, which, if left to its own devices, will be a lot Ė Nova Scotias canít resist a pool. A very healthy breed, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is generally long lived and disease free, though the breed has been known to develop canine hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy in certain cases.
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