"Temperament: The Toller is highly intelligent, alert, outgoing, and ready for action, though not to the point of nervousness or hyperactivity. He is affectionate and loving with family members and is good with children, showing patience" (AKC Standard).
"The smallest of the retrievers, he's an eye-catching redhead--a jaunty little Jimmy Cagney with a spring in his step. But he's also the acutely intelligent obedience dog; and the nimble red tornado of the agility course...
Sue Van Sloun of West Point, Massachusetts saved the Tollers from extinction, "founder and past president of the NSDTRC-USA" -- her Sylvan kennel... a sort of spiritual godmother to the breed...
"Tollers are active dogs, very busy. They need something to keep them occupied...
"Health issues include autoimmune problems, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia to some extent, PRA--although we do have a DNA test for that now--and some epilepsy" (Boccone, Bud. "The Red Tornado." AKC Gazette, July 2003, pp. 32-37).
"...Canada's bright and lively Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. On July 1, the Toller receives full AKC recognition...
"...ancestry can be traced to the small Dutch decoy or piper dogs used by hunters in the late Middle Ages to lure ducks into nets called pipes... descending from the same origins as the Dutch Kooikerhondje (Kooikerhondje Club of Canada, Kooikerhondje (Finland), Het Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (Switzerland), Suomen Kooikerhondje Ry (Finland)) ... brought over by early French settlers...
"The Toller, smallest of all the retrievers, is a high-energy dog... make wonderful pets for active families.
"The bright, active, alert, and intelligent Tollers are also keen swimmers and tireless retrievers...
"Because of their high energy level, demanding exercise requirements, and keen intelligence, Tollers are not for everyone...
"Tollers are more like Border Collies than the Golden Retrievers with whom they are often compared" (Strang, Alison. "The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever." Dog World, July 2003, 8-11).
Top Ten Reasons to Not Own a Toller1. Shedding and Mess.
"They are not a dog for the fastidious or the allergic."
2. Watch Your Cat
3. Don't expect me to protect you.
4. The Scream...
6. Not be everyone's best friend.
7. Did you say no?
8. "..they are not always as easy to train as other breeds..."
9. Smart, smart, smart.
"The AKC's Foundation Stock Service records indicate that all of the approximately 1,900 Tolling Retrievers recorded prior to registration had the required three-generation pedigree for automatic registration status on May 1 of this year" (Trotter, Patricia V. "Better Breeding." AKC Gazette, June 2003, 17).
AKC Breeder locator for Tollers:
Bexar County Kennel Club, Inc.
Contact: Gerald Yarbrough
Phone: (210) 435-5932
Addison's in Tollers
Colby Glass, MLIS