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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Kid Friendly


High Energy

Low Shedding


Easy to Train

Breed Snapshot

  • Weight: 17–23 kilograms
  • Height: 48–51 centimeters
  • Breed size: Medium
  • Lifespan: 12–14 years
  • Dog breed group: Sporting dog
  • Shed level: Moderate to high


Very similar to a small Golden Retriever, the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever features a dense straight water-repellent coat that comes in various shades of red and orange and has small white markings on the feet, chest, tail and sometimes face.


An intelligent, sensible, devoted, easy to train and great companion dog, the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever is hard-working, smart and enjoys being with its master. It loves retrieving games and hunting, and is very patient with children.

Health problems

Some thyroid and autoimmune problems have been discovered in the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever due to a limited gene pool. Progressive retinal atrophy is also beginning to become common.


Like a Golden Retriever, these high-energy dogs need a lot of regular exercise like a brisk walk or run.


Brush a Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever's coat regularly, paying careful attention to the dense undercoat. Bathe only when it is absolutely necessary because it strips natural oils from the skin which decreases its water resistance. This breed is an average shedder.

Living Environment

It will do okay in an apartment as long as it receives enough daily regular exercise. It does well in cold climates.

Fun Fact

Originally from Canada, this dog was traditionally trained to lure ducks during hunting.