October 31 2014 Latest news:
Monday, March 10, 2014
A Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever, who failed as a puppy to become a hearing dog for the deaf, has redeemed himself by winning best of breed at Crufts - for the second time.
Delighted owner Christine Powley from Foulsham, near Dereham, said her seven-year-old dog Danehaven Detroit - or Kenzie when he is at home - is the only duck-tolling retriever to have achieved the accolade twice in their showing career.
“I have 22 adult dogs in total and qualified eight with seven getting placed,” she said. “One of the bitches won her class but it was my dog that won best of breed.
“I had donated him to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf as a puppy but he didn’t pass his tests so he came back to me and I kept him and started to show him.”
The “toller” is a relatively new breed to Great Britian, first introduced from Canada in 1988, and is one of the smaller breeds of gundog but is highly intelligent, easy to train and has great endurance.
They are strong swimmers and were bred to arouse the curiosity of the ducks swimming offshore so that they are lured within gunshot range.
Miss Powley said the breed, which is always red and white in colour and stands about 20 inches tall as an adult, is becoming more and more popular and there were now quite a few tollers in Norfolk.
“They make a great family pet and are good at agility because they are quite smiliar to a collie,” she said.