This dog breed is also known as the Toller, American Duck Retriever, Little River Duck Dog and Yarmoth Toller. They were primarily used as hunting dogs for water birds. They would lure ducks within shooting range and also retrieve the bird once it was shot. They were discovered in the county of Yarmoth amongst the community of Little River Habour, Nova Scotia in the 1800s hence it derived its variation of names from its land of origin. It is believed to be a cross of various retrievers and working spaniels that eventually developed this unique breed.
They have a close resemblance to a golden retriever in form and coat color. It is well built and its front legs appear to be a bit lower than the hind legs. They have a rectangular form with an athletic appearance probably due to the nature of their tolling activity. They have a medium sized muzzle that is wider at the base and a light tipped nose that is almost pink. Its ears droop to the side of its head reaching the joint of the neck and head. Its tail is fluffy and hangs low and its feed are webbed which give it good adaptation to retrieving birds in water.
The Toller is obedient, smart and an affectionate breed of dogs. They are very patient with people and bond very well with families. They are easy to train because of their level of intelligence and alertness. They enjoy playing retrieving games a lot and will always fetch anything they are asked to. Due to their physical adaptation to water, they prefer to retrieve objects from the water. They are very calm dogs who only bark when necessary and are reserved around strangers.
Tollers are very active and will need a lot of vigorous exercise daily for their mental and physical wellbeing. They enjoy a lot of outdoor physical activities especially fetching games. They are mischievous during training and will require firm handling so that they do not assume authority and behave stubborn. Also be careful to be gentle with them as they will not respond to harsh discipline.
They are generally a healthy breed of animals and will suffer from what is common to other dogs such as hip dysplasia, eye disorder and deafness. The have a life expectancy of 12 -15 years.
The Toller should be fed on high quality food at a fixed time of day. Owner should avoid haphazard feeding as this may lead to the dog become obese. The amount of food given depends on the age and level of activity of the dog.
Coat, Color and Grooming
The Toller has a double coat water proof coat. This coat comes in a variety of shades that ranges from red to orange. Its coat should be brushed on a weekly basis to remove dead hair, and more frequent brushing should be done during the shedding season.
With family and other pets
This is a great pet to keep in a family as it enjoys playing with children and socializes well with adults. They also get along well with other pets.