The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, also known as the American Duck Retriever, the Little River Duck Dog, the Yarmouth Toller or simply the Toller, is a powerful, compact, medium-sized dog that is the smallest of the retriever breeds. The word “toll” is an old term for “entice.” The Toller is truly multi-faceted. In addition to its innate bird-hunting skills, it is a loyal watchdog, a competitive show dog and an adoring pet, all rolled into one lively dog with more pure joy for life than almost any other breed. As confirmed in an American Kennel Club publication: “Tollers wholly involve themselves in everything. Whether stealing from the counter, chasing a ball, breaking ice to get a bird, or curling up on the couch, everything is done 100 percent.” The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2001, and was fully accepted into the Sporting Group in 2003.
The adult male Toller should stand 18 to 21 inches at the withers, with the ideal being 19 inches. Females should stand 17 to 20 inches, with the ideal being 18 inches. Weight must be proportionate to height. Their medium-length double coat withstands icy water with a soft outer coat and a dense undercoat. Seasonal shedding is normal. Color can be any shade of red or orange, ranging from golden red to dark copper.