Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was originally developed in the early 19th century to toll (or lure) and retrieve waterfowl. These clever dogs were trained to run, jump and play along the shoreline to arouse the curiosity of nearby ducks and lure them close enough for their masters to shoot. The ducks were then retrieved by this proud breed.


This dog normally lives up to 14 years of age.


43cm to 55cm
17kg to 28kg


A well-trained Toller is extremely intelligent, outgoing and gentle, especially with children. In a normal caring household there should be no sign of any aggressive behaviour with people or with other animals. Being a retriever the Toller is bursting with energy and will require firm training from a young age to prevent it from running off during walks.


While the Toller gets along with most animals, its natural retrieving instinct may prompt it to gently ‘round up’ any smaller pets in the home. However this habit can easily be controlled with kind but firm training.


Bred to retrieve fowl from the icy rivers and lakes of Nova Scotia, the Toller has a waterproof double coat that needs weekly brushing to keep it clean and in good condition. The thick coats does retain water and should be vigorously dried after a swim or wade in the water. The coat may have a slight wave on the back, but is otherwise straight. Some winter coats may form a long loose curl at the throat.


These active dogs love company and will adapt comfortably to most environments. They can tolerate extreme weather conditions and are at their happiest when given plenty of space to run, play and explore.


For more information on this fun dog, contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    (Details correct as of 14/12/2017)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)