Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 16-23, Female: 15-22
Height: Male: 18-21, Female: 17-20
Origin of Name: The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium-sized gundog bred primarily for hunting.
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The ""Scotty Dog"", a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, is a small, energetic retriever by 19th-century players at the Little River District of Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, who were once the ""Darmouth Toler"" and the ""Little River Duck Dog"". Alternative breed names).
Toilers were created to employ a simple hunting method. They emulate the curious activity of foxes, whose color and quick movements create a strange attraction on the waterfowl. The sight of Toler playing along the shoreline arouses curiosity of the duck offshore. The feathery tail and red coat of the dog all scream ""I'm a fox!"" Gullible duck. The birds are placed in the range of gunpoint, where the duck goose is cooked. (The name of the breed comes from a Middle English word, ""tolan,"" meaning ""to woo"" or ""summons"" in — John Donne's famous poem that begins, ""Ask for whom the bell does not toll .. . "") Toler is then sent to retrieve the game below and gently return it to the hand of your human companion. The only other prevalent breed in the world that specializes in this fox technique is the Dutch Gundog known as Koikerhondje aka Dutch Deco Spaniel.
Today, tollers still hunt in this style, if so, this curious and agreeing retriever is asked. But the modern dog is a multidisciplinary worker, who can think of anything throughout the day. ""Toilers completely involve themselves in everything,"" one breed expert writes. ""Whether stealing from the counter, chasing a ball, breaking the ice to get a bird, or curling up on the couch, everything is done 100 percent.""
When the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever received AKC approval in 2003, it became the breed with the longest name in the AKC stud book. At 35 characters / places, it overtook Petit Basset Griffon Vendein.