The Toller uses a technique called
"tolling" which involves jumping and frisking about on shore.
The toller creates a disturbance at the edge of the water and thus lures curious ducks within range of the
concealed hunters' rifles. This technique was first observed in use by foxes. Hunters wanted a dog that could do
the same thing. This led to the development of the Toller. Once known
as the "Little River Duck Dog", the Toller is believed to have
retriever, spaniel, setter, and collie blood.
The NS Duck Tolling Retriever is the
smallest of the retrievers and stands just 20 inches tall at the shoulder. He
has a long, thick, double coat that protects him from the cold water. His
coat may be red or orange and have white markings on the feet, chest, tip
of tail, and forehead.
The Toller is a friendly and playful
family pet. He gets along well with children and other dogs. He is
responsive, intelligent, easy to train, and quick to learn. He can fit
into most accommodation provided there is an outlet for his energy.
Strong, loyal, and reliable he makes a good watchdog.
Best in an active household, the Toller needs lots of exercise and activity including
swimming and running. As with all
retrievers, he will retrieve sticks or balls from the water all day long!