Find Your Per­fect Breed Match

Is the Toller or the Westie the dog for you? Smart, out­go­ing, busy, and af­fec­tion­ate

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Is the Toller or the Westie the dog for you? Find out on page 24!

Most peo­ple are quite cu­ri­ous the first time they see my Nova Sco­tia Duck Tolling Retriever. "Is it a minia­ture Golden Retriever?” they’ll ask. “A Bor­der Col­lie cross? A Brit­tany Spaniel?" While many peo­ple think this is a new breed, the ori­gins of the Nova Sco­tia Duck Tolling Retriever (or “Toller”) run deep. One of only four truly Cana­dian breeds, its ear­li­est doc­u­mented ref­er­ence dates to 1630. To­day, Tollers have be­come pop­u­lar due to their size, which is small com­pared to any of the other retriever breeds (an adult male Toller weighs about 40 pounds), com­bined with their beauty, in­tel­li­gence, and friendly na­ture. Note, how­ever, that this is not the best choice of dog for seden­tary peo­ple! The Toller is a high-en­ergy, high-main­te­nance breed that needs lots of men­tal stim­u­la­tion and ex­er­cise. And be fore­warned: these dogs shed. The coat is a rusty brown and may have white mark­ings. The Toller's wa­ter-re­pel­lent dou­ble coat looks very sim­i­lar to that of a Golden Retriever, which is prob­a­bly why many peo­ple think these are un­usu­ally coloured “mini” Gold­ens. As the AKC notes, “play fetch with a Toller till your right arm falls off, then start throw­ing lefty.” But if you’re look­ing for a sweet, smart, very on-thego com­pan­ion, the Toller could be for you!

I'm busy! Is The Nova Sco­tia Duck Tolling Retriever the dog for you? Find out more at: Read more at mod­ern­dog­magazine.com/toller

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