According to the breed standard, the dogs are not considered fully grown until they are 18 months old. Then males have reached a shoulder height of 48-51 centimeters with a weight of 20-23 kilograms, bitches are slightly smaller (45-48 cm) and lighter (17-20 kg). So they belong to medium-sized dog breeds.
The compact, powerful body shows harmonious proportions with a broad, wedge-shaped head whose medium-sized floppy ears are set far back on the skull, a muscular neck, a straight back, and a long, thick hairy tail. On the paws, the skin between the toes acts like webs, giving the dog excellent support in the water. The pretty, almond-shaped eyes are amber to brown in color and display an alert and intelligent gaze when it comes to working. In contrast, according to the breed standard, many Tollers appear almost sad when not occupied, and their appearance only changes to “intense concentration and excitement” when asked to be active.
The Toller, as this breed is also called, needs a lot of exercise and activity - if you can offer it that, then it is an absolutely loyal and playful family dog.
On the hind legs, the ears, and especially on the tail, the hair is significantly longer and forms a pronounced feathering.
But even the complete absence of these white markings is tolerated if the dog otherwise corresponds to the ideal image of the breed. Nose leather, lips, and eye rims are either reddish or black to match the coat color.