The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium-sized gundog bred primarily for hunting. It is often referred to as a "toller." It is the smallest of the retrievers and is often mistaken for a small Golden Retriever. Tollers are intelligent, eager to please, alert, and energetic.
Tollers have some health conditions that can be a concern, especially if you aren't cautious about whom you buy from. They include hip dysplasia, eye problems such as Collie eye anomaly and progressive retinal atrophy, Addison's disease and hypothyroidism.
Outgoing, alert, loving, intelligent and patient
Expect to give him at least an hour of exercise per day. He'll enjoy a couple of 30-minute walks or runs, a 30-minute walk and 30 minutes of playing fetch, a hike of an hour or two, or any other exercise the two of you can do together. And this dog likes to swim.
The breed was developed in the Acadian community of Little River Harbour in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, around the beginning of the 19th century.