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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever



A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
- Ogden Nash

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy and adult

Ch Outagami's Lealee Western Star CD
and her son,
Lealee Salty's Revenge at Coed

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever adult
Ch Outagami's Lealee Rising Star

One of the few dogs native to Canada, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was developed in Yarmouth County, NS in the late 1800s. 

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! 


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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada

Ontario Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club

National Retriever Club of Canada
(field trials)
Mountain Valley Retriever Training Club

Regina Retriever Club

Saskatoon Retriever Club

Manitoba Gun Dog Association

Vancouver Island Retriever Club

Retrievers ONLINE Magazine
(field trials/hunting)

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CKC Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Wendy & Jerry Lee, Lealee Reg'd
British Columbia


British Columbia


Wendy and Jerry Lee
Box 676, 6609 McLean Rd
Lake Cowichan, BC  V0R 2G0
(250) 749-3490

Lealee Reg'd





Deborah Garland
585 County Road 5
Toledo, ON  K0E 1Y0
(613) 275-4127

Nopper Perm Reg'd




Dianne and Wilfrid Drouin
320 Du Ruisseau Sud
Coteau Du Lac, QC  J0P 1B0
(450) 456-3934




Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada Rescue
Mairon Bennett




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