Today’s article adds to our library of breed information – The Wonderful World of Gundogs – and is a guest post by gundog enthusiast Lucy Easton
They are more commonly known these days as ‘Tollers’ or ‘Duck Tollers’.
As the name again suggests, their main purpose as a gundog centres around waterfowling.
Tollers are often used in groups.
Primarily their focus is to lure geese and ducks into range of a hidden shotgun, then retrieve the fallen birds from water.
Their waving white tipped tail is believed to help attract the waterfowl. They have a thick, water repelling, double layered coat, which enables them to stay warm whilst working.
This pretty retriever has a very distinctive look. The coat ranges in colour through reds and oranges, often with small white flecks. Their ears are almost triangular in shape, off-set by their small but muscular bodies.
The Kennel Club describes this breed as being of medium size, with a medium length coat. As such they do require regular grooming – especially when they have been out working!
If you are interested in learning more about the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, why not check out the UK Toller Club website.