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."
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