Buying a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Puppy via internet?

Nova Scotia Toller Puppy

Buying a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Puppy via internet?


The advertisement…


Breed: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Gender Male / Female
Age: 0 to 2 years old
A few more puppies are available. Beautiful orange /ginger/ red with white markings !!
The puppies have a passport, have been dewormed and have been vaccinated. Fixed price!
We are affiliated with “X”…


So, you are looking for a Toller dog or Toller puppy and scanning the internet for the last couple of days or weeks. Reason for coming across the above-mentioned ad is because:

  1. Looking for a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever / Toller
  2. You would like to have one for a great price
  3. You don’t want to wait long for a Toller pup as you want one fast!

Look beyond the sweet face of the puppies on the picture and first…

Of course, if you desperately want to have a Toller puppy fast and for a great low price, you can be successful but PLEASE take care of other questions first, as there can be serious RISKS! If you buy a puppy through Internet Sales Sites  you have often no guarantee that the parents have been examined for hereditary diseases. There are multiple diseases in the breed, including eye disorders, autoimmune diseases, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia.

Breeders who are affiliated with the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Clubs have various health examinations carried out. All results are published on the club’s website and a good breeder will be happy to show you the results.

Did you know that there are eye diseases in the breed that can make your dog blind? Breeders who are members of the Toller club have a DNA test for these conditions. Because of this, they can guarantee that your dog will never get such an eye disease. And there are even more mandatory studies that ensure that the breed remains as healthy as possible.

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Toller breeders who advertise on Internet Sales Sites are often deliberately not affiliated with a recognized breed club. Therefore, they do not have to do health examinations, puppies are often poorly socialized and the parents are not properly cared for. Be aware that you are not saving a puppy by buying him/her from a bread breeder.

You only make room for the next litter. In addition, chances are you will have to incur additional vet fees that will end up making you lose even more money than for a well-bred puppy.

What do you have to pay attention to?

There a couple of RED FLAGS that you should at least pay attention to:

It is not a good sign if the breeder sells many different varieties of dog breeds. You can often check this by clicking on ‘view other advertisements’ on Internet Sales Sites. Always Google a breeder first by searching for the name of the breeder + place name. If you come across negative stories, be extra vigilant. A breeder who has a lot of litters is lacking hands to properly care for and socialize the puppies. That is simply not possible and therefore does not happen.

If you buy a puppy that has not been properly socialized, you have a greater risk of behavioral problems.

Breeders who advertise on Internet Sales Sites are often affiliated with an association (X) created by themselves. Often there are no rules, this so-called association is only used to appear reliable but the opposite is true.  These breeders can even deliver puppies at your doorstep and offered as a service but is intended to prevent people from coming over and seeing how the dogs are kept.

Also, be alert if someone has a litter only once. Even then you have no guarantee that the parents have been examined for the disorders that occur in the breed. Ask for copies of the results of the hips (HD) and eyes (ECVO, PRA, and CEA). Is the breeder unable or unwilling to show it?

Then there is a chance that the parents have not been tested or that the results are not good. It is better not to buy a puppy from such a breeder. And I cannot see this often enough, make sure emotions are not interfering with your judgments..

You are going to watch the puppy:

 If you encounter one of the situations below, these are strong indications that you could deal with a bread breeder.

  •  You do not end up in people’s homes, often in a yard or in a shed.
  •  The puppy will be ‘picked up’ for you .. you have no possibility and chance to see the complete litter and housing.
  •  The mother dog looks skinny and poorly groomed and acts anxious or apathetic instead of being comfortable.
  •  Or worse, there is no mother dog or you will not see the mother dog.


This can mean two things:

  1. The breeder does not want to show how she looks and is housed or what her character is. Remember that the mother influences the character of the puppies.
  2. The breeder imports puppies (without a mother dog) that are often removed from the mother much too young, with all the harmful consequences that this entails.


At ‘delivery’ you will be informed that you have ‘warranty’ .. but only if you use their vet, otherwise the ‘warranty’ will expire. This is not common with recognized breeders; you can just choose a vet yourself. There is an evasive response to questions about the parents, health results and socialization.

Again: every responsible breeder will be happy to show you all the papers.

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Want to know more about the breed?

A Toller is an intelligent dog that should keep you physically and mentally occupied. A consistent upbringing is a requirement. A Toller, like other dogs, is NOT born social, sweet, child-friendly and obedient, the breeder and mother dog has the first share in this.

That is why it is so important that a dog gets a good start at the breeder. Would you like to know more about the breed or would you like to get in contact with breeders who do breed according to the regulations of the recognized breed club?

Then visit a Toller club website or contact the Toller information point, or continue reading on this website  where I have written enough great information about the wonderful Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Breed that can help you make the best possible choices buying and taking care of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy of dog.

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About us

Hi, welcome to my blog about the amazing breed Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever!

My name is Eline van Stiphout and I live in The Netherlands. Together with my husband Arthur and our sweet Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Stippy, the three of us love to travel and go on outdoor adventures. 

Currently, I’m a professional, fully licensed dog walker since 2017. I gave up my stressful fulltime office job to follow my dream which is working and walking with dogs.


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