Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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This smallest of the retrievers is becoming more popular every year. Its playful antics, size, and ease of training make it a good choice as a family pet. This dog requires a good deal more exercise than most breeds its size.PURPOSE OF BREED:The name for this breed of retriever pretty much says it all: ?The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.? Tolling is the action of playing on a shoreline near ducks so as to invoke the natural curiosity of these birds, and in so doing luring them in closer so the hunters can get a shot at them. After the birds are downed, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever fetches the game. Their ability to scent and their willingness to work have made them very successful drug detection dogs.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:7 puppies

Country of origin: 
Canada
Size: 
HEIGHT: MALE : 21in (53cm) - FEMALE : 19in (48cm)WEIGHT: MALE : 55lbs (25kg) - FEMALE : 45lbs (20kg)
Grooming: 

This retriever has a double coat. Hair in the outer coat is medium length, soft, and water repellent. It has a fine even softer undercoat. Regularly brushing of this dog is required. A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is an orangey-red color and usually has white on its muzzle, feet, fore-chest and tail tip.

Common ailments: 

Hip and eye problems, thyroid and autoimmune weakness.

Trivia: 
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is estimated to be a cross of Golden, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and Flat-Coated Retriever with a dash of Cocker Spaniel and Irish Setter (for the brilliant red color), as well as small farm collies and spitzes.ÿ <a href="http://www.akc.org/">(Credit: AKC.org)</a>
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