NAUJOSIOS ŠKOTIJOS RETRIVERIS (NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVER)
Registracijos numeris FCI 312. Priklauso 8 FCI grupei.
Kilmės šalis: Kanada
CANADA IS THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (the Toller to his intimates); he arrived in Britain as recently as 1988, and has made steady progress ever since.
His method of work may appear strange to many; his task is to use his waving, white-tipped tail to lure waterfowl to within range of the guns and then retrieve them, especially from water. He is blessed with the canine equivalent of web-feet which enables him to swim powerfully. He is not difficult to groom.
He has been selected over the generations for his intelligence and trainability; as a result he makes an ideal and enthusiastic family companion for the active household; he enjoys agility and fly ball; he performs well as a tracker and in obedience. As he is also handsome, he has attracted the attention of a wide circle of friends, who are dedicated to maintaining him as the athlete he is.
The exact history of the Toller is somewhat unclear but is known that “smallish ginger-coloured decoy dogs” were used for centuries in Europe to lure ducks into nets. These “red decoy dogs” could very well be fore-runners of today’s Toller. Other breeds thought to be in the Toller’s ancestry include Brittany Spaniel, Irish Setter, Chesapeake Bay retriever, Golden Retriever and some small type of Collie. However it was done, the cross breeding produced a fox-like dog with the desired working abilities which became known as the Little River Duck Dog after Nova Scotia’s district of Yarmouth County, the centre of the breed’s development. Nova Scotia is considered the place of origin of this breed and in 1945 it was officially recognised by the Canadian Kennel Club as the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
The Tolling dog Runs, Jumps & Plays along the shoreline in full view of Ducks or Geese, the dogs playful actions arouse the curiosity of the ducks swimming offshore and they are lured within gunshot range. The Toller is subsequently sent out to retrieve dead or injured birds.
They were first introduced into Great Britain from Canada in 1988 by Miss Geraldine Flack. Mr Mike French also imported a bitch from Canada, since then there has been a further import from Sweden by Miss Flack and imports from Holland and Sweden by Mr John Norris of Nacton Decoy to help enlarge the Gene pool.
The Toller is a Medium sized, Powerful, Balanced, Well muscled dog. Medium to heavy in bone, with a high degree of Agility, Alertness and Determination. Many Toller’s have a slightly sad expression until they go to work, when their aspect changes to intense concentration and excitement. At work the dog has a speedy, rushing action with the head carried out almost level with the back and a heavily feathered tail in constant motion.
The Toller is highly intelligent, easy to train and has great endurance. A strong and able swimmer he is a natural and tenacious retriever on land and from water, setting himself for springy action the moment the slightest indication is given that retrieving is required. His strong retrieving desire and playfulness are qualities essential to his Tolling ability.