Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever: Ideal for duck hunting, the Toller is a dog that every hunter would love to have alongside, friendly, intelligent and sporty. Let's find out together the characteristics and hunting techniques.
At first glance he immediately appears likeable, dynamic, cheerful, sporty. This is one of those cases where appearances don't lie. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is truly an amazing dog that is a pleasure to have around. It is the smallest of the Retriever family, yet its liveliness is a winning weapon, which gives great satisfaction to the hunter who has chosen it.
Its red hair is in some cases interspersed with light spots on the chest, but also on the legs and forehead, which accentuate its pleasant and nice aspect. But what matters is that the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a five-star dog, especially when it comes to hunting, retrieving and duck hunting.
His hunting technique certainly does not go unnoticed, which according to some closely resembles that of the fox. It is able to attract ducks by hiding in the reeds and moving its tail, showing itself and hiding.
This unusual behavior intrigues the wild that, once approached, is suddenly frightened by the Tolling Retriever: causing the sudden purr of the ducks, he hands them on a silver platter to the hunter stationed nearby. Immediately after the fire, the dog on the orders of the owner brings the ducks back to shore, carrying out his task very well.
That you love water is something that you could also forget to say: with the water it plays, in the water it swims and above all with the water it "works" especially if the Tolling Retriever has been trained for hunting. Breed recently bred and selected in Nova Scotia, it began to have a certain role in the hunting world only at the beginning of the XNUMXth century: its abilities as a call and retriever dog for water birds were immediately understood.
Physically he immediately appears as a powerful and muscular dog, balanced and of medium size, determined and certainly awake. That sadness that in some specimens hatches latently in the gaze disappears immediately when taken outdoors: melancholy gives way to the concentration and excitement of the Tolling Retriever, whose coat, especially for the use of the dog in icy waters, is double-layered and is soft and thick. Its ideal height is around 51 centimeters if male, 48 centimeters if female and its weight, in proportion to the height, must not exceed 23 kilos for the male and 20 kilos for the females.
Among its characterizing traits there is the rare habit of barking and its great adaptability to any environment as long as it is guaranteed daily physical exercise. In ideal conditions it is an exceptionally long-lived and healthy dog, which in addition to being a professional hunter is also an excellent company for adults and children.
Although very common in America, this spectacular dog is much rarer in Europe. An excellent duck hunter, he allows himself to be trained easily and today he is affectionately nicknamed Toller by his admirers.