Origin of the breed
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest of the six retriever breeds. Literally translated, the breed name is „Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever“, where „Nova Scotia“ refers to a peninsula belonging to Canada.
The Toller thus originated in Canada and was called there until the end of the 19th century „Little River Duck Dog“. He was bred to attract waterfowl by means of hopping, fast movements at the edge of the riverbank – the Tolling – so that they swam curiously within shooting range of the hunter. The killed birds were then retrieved from the cold water by the Toller. It is likely that Collies, Dutch Kooikerhondjes, Setters and Hunting Spaniels all had a hand in the creation of the breed.
Internationally recognized since 1981
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) in 1945. International recognition by the FCI did not take place until 1981. The Toller is thus still a very young breed, but one that is enjoying ever-increasing popularity. In Germany Tollers are bred only since the middle of the nineties.
A list of all official German Toller kennels breeding in the German Retriever Club can be found here: