Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Interim Standard


General Appearance:- Medium sized, compact. Powerful, well muscled. A heavily feathered tail, constantly moving.

Characteristics:- Jumps and plays to lure waterfowl into decoy. Retrieves dead and wounded birds. Strong swimmer.

Temperament:- Kind, confident, intelligent, easy to train. Playful.

Head and Skull:- Clean cut skull, slightly wedge shaped. Broad, slightly rounded. Occiput not prominent. Cheeks flat. Moderate stop. Muzzle tapers from stop to nose. Nostrils well developed. Nose flesh coloured or black.

Eyes:- Medium sized, almond shaped, well set apart. Alert expression. Brown to amber. Eye rims flesh coloured or black.

Ears:- Triangular medium size, set high and well back on skull. Base held very slightly erect, well feathered at back of fold, hair shorter at rounded tips.

Mouth:- Jaw strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth sound and strong. Softness of mouth essential. Lips tight fitting, flesh coloured or black.

Neck:- Medium length, strongly muscled, well set on, no indication of throatiness.

Forequarters:- Shoulders well laid back, muscular, medium length. Elbows close to body. Forelegs straight and strong. Pasterns strong, slightly sloping.

Body:- Deep chested, ribs well sprung, brisket reaches to elbow. Back short, level topline. Loins strong and muscular. Moderate tuck up.

Hindquarters:- Well muscled. Stifles well bent, hocks well let down turning neither in nor out.

Feet:- Medium size, round, tight. Toes well arched and strongly webbed. Pads thick, blending with coat colour. Dew claws should be removed.

Tail:- Set on, slightly sloping towards croup. Broad at base, well feathered; reaching the hock. Carried below level of back at rest; when alert, curves over, not touching back.

Gait/Movement:- Impression of power; springy, jaunty with good reach of forelegs and strong rear drive; parallel movement fore and aft. Single tracks at speed; head carried almost level with back.

Coat:- Straight, repellent, double coat of medium length and softness with a softer, dense undercoat. Slight wave on back allowed. Feathering at throat, behind ears and at back of thighs. Forelegs moderately feathered.

Colour:- All shades of red or orange with lighter feathering under tail. White marks are permissible on the tip of tail, feet and chest, or as a blaze. Lack of white not to be penalised.

Size:- Ideal height: Dogs 19-20 ins (48-51 cm). Bitches 18-19 ins (45-48 cm).

Faults:- Any departure from foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.


Note:- Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.