English Cocker Spaniel vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Compare the English Cocker Spaniel to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between English Cocker Spaniels and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the English Cocker Spaniel is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the English Cocker Spaniel and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the English Cocker Spaniel and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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English Cocker Spaniel vs Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
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Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height14-17 in.17-21 in.
Weight26-35 lb35-52 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUK (England)Canada
Origin Year1860 AD1945 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F30°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumVery High
Exercise RequiredMediumVery High
Top Running Speed20 mph22 mph
StrengthLow-MediumMedium-High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingMedium-HighMedium
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighVery Low
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Ear InfectionsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Renal FailureYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameEnglish Cocker SpanielNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesYes
ShaggyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Blue RoanYesNo
Blue Roan & TanYesNo
GoldenYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
Lemon RoanYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver & TanYesNo
Liver & WhiteYesNo
Liver RoanYesNo
Liver Roan & TanYesNo
Liver, White, & TanYesNo
Orange & WhiteYesNo
Orange RoanYesNo
RedYesYes
Red & WhiteYesNo
Red RoanYesNo
SableYesNo
Sable & TanYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Golden RedNoYes