Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (Tollers for short) are a rare breed of Gundogs. They are the smallest retriever and originate from Canada.

Our club is relatively new and a small club run by a few volunteers. We are the only registered Club in Australia and provides support for breeders, health information, competition and pet owners of Tollers.  We have a Closed Club Facebook page and share photos and information there including having club photo competitions and a quarterly newsletter. We have several events throughout the year for members including our annual restricted to breed Championship Show and Trials Obedience, Rally and Retrieving Ability Test for Gundogs. We also have several purely social events for dogs and owners throughout the year including walks, BBQS and training days.Members of our Club are fortunate to have access to experienced breeders, trainers, trailers and one of the world’s leading dog Geneticists.

Tollers are an active intelligent breed and are suitable for active families who are prepared to put some time into ongoing training and give them appropriate exercise and mental stimulation. We have a list of Club member breeders available.


The smallest of the retrievers comes from the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, most likely developed by crossing the Chesapeake Bay Retriever with the Golden Retriever.


  • Grooming Needs: Requires regular brushing and combing.
  • Coat Type: Medium in length, somewhat wavy.
  • Moulting: Moderate shedding.
  • Exercise Needs: Requires plenty of exercise and needs to be kept active. Anything involving swimming and retrieving is ideal for this dog.
  • Average Life Span: 12 to 14 years.


  • Family: Ideally suited to an active country dwelling family, with lots of space to run. Gets on well with children.
  • Temperament: Very lively, active with great endurance.
  • Trainability: Easy to train as it is highly intelligent and a fast learner that likes to work for its handler.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Gets along well with other animals but should be socialised from an early age.
  • Barking: Low tendency.


With the correct training this dog will do well in flyball and agility trials, they also seem to show a talent for tracking and obedience.


Not prone to any major health concerns; however they may suffer from minor issues such as progressive retinal atrophy and canine hip dysplasia.

Stand Number: 602