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This reason alone is why I wouldn't get one... LOL

My ears hurt watching that video.


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We have Tollers breeders around here quite a few actually. Titan's best friend was Cash..2009 Obedience dog of the year and a CH to boot. Cash was not a barker unless he was startled. I would call them an alert dog. He did not have a mean bone in his body but yes intense about somethings..You know I don't think he ever screamed and yes you can train that out of them without too much trouble.. Just have to be consistant..


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We see some Tollers at the local dog park. One woman has a pair and the male is obsessed with my Zoe- chases her around constantly trying to mount her. He's also shown aggression to a number of other dogs. Having observed this pair and occasionally others, my impression is that the Tollers are quite active and noticeably smaller than the Goldens. I wouldn't want one. To my taste the Golden is a handsomer and much friendlier dog. The comments about being like Border Collies are interesting. To my eye they look like a stray Golden got together with a stray Border Collie. They do have that very focused look in their eye.
My impression of that woman's dogs would be that she has not trained them. They are VERY smart dogs, and need things to do with both brain and body, which sometimes does not mesh with the average pet owner.
Honestly, I've never met one that I didn't like, and I've never heard any of the screaming or constant barking mentioned - and I have set up with a number of them - it would have made for real miserable weekends if they did!

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They only tend to do the scream in intense working situations when they are frustrated that they cannot get the job done fast enough. We have a lot of very good ones in Ontario, both in show and field work. The only place I have heard the scream is in field--it is unnerving the first time you hear it! Sue Kish (Foxgrove regd) finish GMH titles on two this summer, and also has a girl who is QAA.

They do have a very different temperament and demeanor than Goldens. I like my friends Tollers, but do not think I could live with them.

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I watched a few videos of different dogs screaming on YouTube and most of the owners say it's from excitement.

If you can train them not to do it then why don't they!? Maybe some people enjoy that kind of noise haha.

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Thanks for all the info guys! It's very helpful.I still like these interesting dogs a lot.That being said,i KNOW i will not trade that unique golden personality ever.There's something about goldens...I've found pure gold of a friend and would not trade.For anything. I think that once a person has had a golden,they'll always insist on having one.So will i. But my second dog..who knows i like so many breeds.Tollers are one of them.
P.S:They are intense..and vocal,obviously...

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Lots of tollers here in Nova Scotia. In my mind the breed has deteriorated in temperment from the ones I remember about 20 yrs ago. The ones I am seeing now are hyper, high-strung little barking machines.

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Theres one that lives in the neighbourhood here... he is very sweet but very high energy. lol
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I know a toller, and I agree with the comparison to a boarder Collie. Very intense, very vocal. I have never seen that dog just "chill". Not my kind of dog.
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I didn't realize it until yesterday but that toller actually lives at the end of our block of townhouses. Everytime I see someone leave the house they have the dog with him.. He's always on the go. It's a nice dog but probably suited better for the country or a farm IMO
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