It is quite simple to groom a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Brushing on a regular basis is usually all that is required to keep the coat in tiptop condition. The coat is straight and water repellent. It is a double coat of medium length and softness, with a softer, dense undercoat.
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is allowed a slight wave on the back and has feathering at the throat, behind the ears and at the back of the thighs. The forelegs are moderately feathered.
Color: shades of red or orange, with lighter feathering under the tail. White marks are desirable in at least one of the followi
ng places: on the tip of the tail, the feet and chest, or as a blaze.
Equipment needed: Bristle brush and a pin brush.
This breed will enjoy the personal interaction of being groomed, so set aside a couple of times a week to groom and keep it looking smart. Do note that excessive use of a brush will remove or damage the undercoat.
- Brush through the coat with a bristle or pin brush.
- Use a pin brush on the tail or fathering.
- Then brush through the coat with a pin brush on the body and on the feathering. Don’t forget to brush behind the ears.
- Bathing can be undertaken, if necessary. Make sure you use a gentle shampoo so you do not remove the natural oils from the coat. Rinse thoroughly.
- Towel-dry. Tollers are practically “drip-dry” and they dry off in seconds, so any other form of drying (e.g., a cage dryer) is not advised.
- Check the nails, ears and teeth.