Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (Toller)
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (Toller) was bred to toll, lure, and retrieve waterfowl. Tollers use a playful strategy of retrieving a stick or ball along the shoreline trying to arouse the curiosity of the ducks offshore. Once the waterfowl are lured within gunshot range, the dog is sent out to retrieve the dead or wounded birds.
Tollers are powerful, compact, and balanced athletic dogs. Tollers are very quick and have a noticeable determination to work hard to please their owners. The breed possesses web feet, are excellent swimmers with limitless energy.
Tollers have a low maintenance natural drip-dry coat and can be easily rinsed off. Tollers have a penetrating scream they project to indicate eagerness and readiness. Those not familiar with the scream may misinterpret the loud high-pitched scream and those not accustomed to the breeds personality might perceive the scream as nails on a chalkboard.
The Tollers are a versatile upland hunting dog primarily used for water work and retrieving.