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Dog breeds: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Dog breeds: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


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Origin, classification and history

Origin: Canada.
F.C.I classification: Group 8 - retrieving, hunting and water dogs.

The "Nova Scotia - Retriever", originally from Nova Scotia, was bred and selected in this country at the beginning of the 19th century as a retriever dog.

General aspect

It is a medium-sized, powerful, compact, well-proportioned and well-muscled dog; its bone structure ranges from medium to heavy. He is an extremely agile dog, very smart and very determined. Sometimes it shows a little sad mood, but from the moment it comes into action its appearance changes and expresses intense concentration and ardor. At work, his gaits are fast and very active, with the head brought almost to the height of the back line and the tail, abundantly fringed, in continuous movement.

Character

Very intelligent dog, very resistant and very receptive. He is a robust and skilled swimmer and naturally inclined to carry over land and water; at the slightest sign indicating that the time has come for a carryover, he is ready to go with his elastic gait.


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (photo www.calibertollers.com)

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (photo www.calibertollers.com)

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (photo www.goldendy.cz)

Standard

Height:
- males 48-51 cm (19-20 inches);
- females 45-48 cm (18-19 inches).
One inch more or less than the ideal size is allowed.

Weight: the weight must correspond to the size and backbone;
- males 20-23 kg (45-51 British pounds);
- females 17-20 kg (37-43 pounds English).

Trunk: horizontal spine line. Short and straight back. Lumbar region solid and muscular. Chest well descended to the level of the elbows. Ribs well belted, not "tonneau" or flat. The abdomen in moderate ascent.
Head and muzzle: broad skull, only slightly rounded; occiput not prominent and flat cheeks. For a medium-sized male, a good width of the skull between the ears is 14 cm (5 1/2 inch) which progressively decreases up to 3, 8 cm (1 1/2 inch) at the nasal bridge. The length of the head, measured from the end of the nose to the occipital protuberance, is approximately 23 cm (9 inches). The head must be well proportioned to the body. Moderately marked nasal bridge. Well-drawn and slightly wedge-shaped head. Musello with a clearly designed profile, is gradually shrinking from the craniofacial depression at the end of the truffle; the jaw is powerful without being prominent. The lower profile of the muzzle draws an almost straight line from the lip joint at the corner of the maxillary; The height of the muzzle is greater at the level of the craniofacial depression than at the level of the nose. Short and fine hair. Lips very well applied, profile drawing a slight rounding without being heavy.
Truffle: thins from the base to the end; nostrils well open. The color of the truffle must marry harmoniously with that of the coat or be black.
Teeth: the jaws are quite powerful so as to bring a bird of good size; full dentition is required.
Neck: strongly muscular, it is attacked, of medium length, without trace of baleen.
Eyes: well separated, almond-shaped, medium size, amber to brown in color. Their expression is friendly, lively and intelligent. The edge of the eyelids must be the same color as the lips.
Ears: they are triangular in shape, of medium size, high attachment and rather backwards on the skull; ear very slightly raised at the base and with fringed hair in the back; rounded end, with short hair.
Limbs: front limbs must be perpendicular and have the appearance of parallel columns. The bones are solid. Shoulders The shoulder must be muscular, with a well inclined and well attached shoulder blade, forming a marked withers that blends harmoniously into a short back. The shoulder blade and arm are approximately the same length. Elbows The elbows, well adherent to the body, are neither closed nor open to the outside, allowing easy and symmetrical movements. Strong and slightly flexed metacarpus. Strongly webbed front feet, medium size, round; fingers tight and well arched, with thick pads. It is possible to proceed to the spurs' ablation. Muscular, broad and perpendicular hindquarters. The angles of the anterior and posterior limbs must correspond well. Strong thigh muscles. Grassella well angled. Thigh and leg are of almost equal length. Hock well descended, not turned neither inside nor outside. Spurs not allowed. Hind feet as the front.
Pace: the pace gives an impression of elasticity and power at the same time. Strong forward momentum, accompanied by strong rear thrust. The feet are not turned neither inside nor outside. The limbs move in a plane parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body, but increasing the speed they tend to approach the median plane. Bottom line well joined.
Tail: broad at the root, prolongs the slight natural inclination of the croup. Equipped with abundant fringes. The last caudal vertebra reaches at least the hock. The tail is carried rather low compared to the line of the back, except when the dog is active; in this case it is carried high and curved, without however touching the trunk.
Hair: having been selected as a retriever in the water, it must have a double waterproof coat. The covering hair is on average long and soft, the undercoat is dense and even softer. The undercoat may be slightly wavy on the back, but in the rest of the body it is straight. In winter, the fur can be long and curled in the throat. However, it is always soft. Moderately developed fringes are present in the hind limbs.
Allowed colors: the color ranges from red to orange in its various shades; the fringes and the hair in the lower part of the tail are of a lighter tone. Usually there is a white spot on the tail or on the feet (without going beyond the metacarpus), or on the chest. Moreover, a high quality dog ​​cannot be penalized by the absence of these spots. The truffle, the lips and the edge of the eyelids must be of a color that marries that of the coat or black.
Most common defects: longitudinal axes of the skull and nasal bridge not parallel, stop too marked, bright red truffle, truffle, eyes and edges of the eyelids of a different color than the one prescribed, superior prognathism, large and round eyes, curved or insellated back, lumbar region not very supported, tail too short, tail under the back when the dog is moving, pasterns too flexed, flat feet or with small pads, curled hair, hair not sufficiently thick, hair not tight, lack of substance in an adult subject, cuts out of standard in an adult subject, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

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