In the early 19th century (and probably earlier), hunters in Nova Scotia noticed that the little foxes in the area were very successful duck hunters. These clever foxes would dance around the shoreline and jump and play to their heart’s content. Meanwhile, the curious ducks would come closer for a look at the silly show. It sounds a little bit like an Aesop’s fable come to life . . . the curious ducks get a little too close, and the clever fox gets a delicious supper.
The Duck Tolling Retriever was developed in the 19th century in order to help duck hunters toll (or lure) waterfowl. As their name suggests, they also retrieve. I love that the official job of the “Toller” is to splash and play along the shoreline. It makes me think that they must have an exceptional personality. The Toller that I met at the show was beautiful and sweet. I loved his red coloring, and small size!