Breaking news! well, it is cool at the least.

I was just alerted by someone who had seen some photos of Bella as to what breed of dog she is.

She is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever or a 'Toller'

from one of the websites:

"The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (Toller) was developed in the early 19th century to toll, lure, and retrieve waterfowl. The playful action of the Toller retrieving a stick or ball along the shoreline arouses the curiosity of the ducks offshore. They are lured within gunshot range, and the dog is sent out to retrieve the dead or wounded birds. 
This medium sized, powerful, compact, balanced dog is the smallest of the retrievers. The Toller's attitude and bearing suggest strength with a high degree of agility. He is alert, determined, and quick, with a keen desire to work and please."
"Tollers are extremely intelligent and learn very quickly, but also are easily bored and can often have a bit of a stubborn streak…the secret to success in training a Toller is to find ways that make the Toller think that the whole thing was his idea all along!

They are a hard to come by breed it seems:

"As you may already know, Tollers are not always an easy breed to come by. Realistically, you can expect to spend 6-12 months on average waiting for a pup. Most breeders maintain waiting lists, and all good breeders will carefully screen their puppy buyers before even adding them to their waiting lists."

Here is the website to a major breeder and to the AKC description

and of course Wiki

these sites describe a dog that is exactly like her, the photos look like they could be her brothers and sisters. What do you think?


photo from tollwest site


I have more posts coming from the past weekend, a couple of fun shoots i did just for me and one of fish. Stay tuned!

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  1. Toller Lover says:

    What color is Bella? She looks brown in that photo and I know that Tollers are very red. She could be an Aussie. They have a very similar look.

  2. Rudy Hayden says:

    i like your style. looks like you’ve got the bug. haven’t been fishing in forever–your photos and site got me pumped….

    hope your well,

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