Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

This muscular, medium- to heavy-boned retriever has a dense, water-repellent coat. The feathering is paler than the ground colour, which can be various shades of red, often with white markings.

History of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

This Retriever was developed in Canada in the late 19th century to perform a unique role in hunting. It is used to toll (lure) curious ducks within range of the concealed hunters’ guns by creating a disturbance at the water’s edge.


Foxes occasionally lure their prey towards them in this cunning fashion.

Identification keys of  Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

  • water-repellent coat
  • brown nose
  • slight waves on back
  • muscular body
  • pale feathering
  • deep chest
  • well-muscled legs

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