The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) was founded in 1984 with a primary purpose to encourage and promote the selective breeding of purebred Tollers, emphasizing hunting ability, temperament, conformation, and intelligence. A secondary objective was to create a club wherein members could have an outlet for information gathered regarding our "little red dogs."
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) is the only national breed club for Tollers, and is the Parent Breed Club recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was accepted into the Sporting Group on July 1, 2003. In September 2005, the Club was granted AKC Member status.
Over the years the club has grown from a handful of stalwart individuals to over 800 members in 2009. The Club is incorporated as a 501(c)7 non-profit organization. The management and operation of the Club is carried out by dedicated members from all over the United States who volunteer their time and expertise for the furtherance of the Club and the breed. Our focus is as a US National Club with our primary objectives being:
- To encourage and promote quality in the responsible breeding of purebred Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
- To urge members and breeders to accept the Standard of the breed as approved by the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) and subsequently approved by The American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shall be judged.
- To encourage the organization of independent local specialty clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of the American Kennel Club.
- To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsman-like competition at dog shows, obedience trials, tracking tests, hunt tests, agility trials and any other events in which the breed may participate.
- To conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, obedience trials, tracking tests, hunt tests, agility trials and any other events the Club is eligible to hold under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.
- To encourage and support research into the genetic and health related issues that impact Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
- To develop programs needed to provide for the welfare of the breed and of individual dogs in need.
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