Description: This high-spirited, friendly, attentive, intelligent dog was bred to hunt ducks by luring them close to the hunter and retrieve the birds once the had been shot. These dogs absolutely love to work, so, at the very least, have them play fetching games as much as possible.
These dogs are easy to obedience train and good with children. They make great companion dogs as long as they get enough exercise to fulfill their energetic needs. Tollers may be a bit more reserved around strangers than other retrieving breeds. These dogs are hard working, clever and enjoy being with their family/owners/handlers.
Height: 17 - 21 inches
Weight: 37 - 51 lb.
Colors: Red fox, with white marking on chest, feet and tip of tail, and sometimes on face.
Coat: Moderately long and close lying, with a thick, wavy undercoat.
Temperament: Responsive, active
With Children: Yes, patient with children.
With Pets: Yes, gets along well with other dogs.
Special Skills: Field sports dog and family pet.
Care and Exercise: Brush coat weekly, paying special attention during shedding. Needs sufficient exercise such as a daily walk on the leash or free exercise in a field. Also enjoys swimming or retrieving.
Training: Fast learners and easy to train as they enjoying working for their handlers. Young dogs need to practice, young children throwing sticks for them to retrieve will develop a close relationship.
Learning Rate: High
Living Environment: As long as sufficient outdoor exercise is provided he will make a fine housedog.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia and eye problem.
Life Span: 12 - 14 Years
Litter Size: 4 - 6
Country of Origin: Canada
History: Originated from Nova Scotia one of the maritime provinces of Canada he is said to have been a cross of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Golden Retriever. Used to hunt duck with his unique way of luring curious ducks within range of the concealed hunters gun by creating a disturbance at the edge of the water. Though he has been around for over 100 years, he just received recognition by the FCI in 1982.