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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

UKC Show results
11/1-11/2 FLAEDA UKC Trials in Locke NY, Ch Softmaple's Sexy and I Know It CAT RATI RATN BN RN WC CGC CGN (Dana) earned a Group 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and fourth.
2:26 pm est 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Barn Hunt News
New York State's first Barn Hunt event. 10/25-26 at Central Bark


GCh Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver to Flyway JH RN NAP NFP UWC WCX CA TN-N TNG-N RATI RATN (Emmett)
Ch Softmaple's Sexy and I Know It CAT RATI RATN BN RN WC CGC CGN (Dana)
Skywatcher's Dee Liver Me to Softmaple CGC CGN RATI RATN (Rielly)

Dana passed two Instinct tests earned her RATI, three Novice tests earning her RATN with a third place, moved up to Open and got her first open leg!

Reilly passed one Instinct test earned her RATI, three Novice tests earning her RATN, moved up to Open and got her first open leg with a second place!

Emmett passed three Novice tests earning his RATN with a second place, moved up to Open and got his first open leg!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Finger Lakes Shows NY
Finger Lakes shows: Dana was BOB three days and Select Bitch on day. Reilly was BOB one day and WB/BOW all four days. Dana also earned her CAT Title in lure coursing. She is now U-CH CH SoftMaple's Sexy And I Know It CGC, BN, RN, WC, CGN, TDI, CAT
7:20 am edt 

CCRCA National
Great time at the Curly nationals- even though we flew in for just a short part of the week. Dana wins her big Gundog sweepstakes class.

U-CH CH SoftMaple's Sexy And I Know It CGC, BN, RN, WC, CGN, TDI, CAT

Softmaples Fly By Night WC BN RA CA CGC Is 4th in Gundog sweeps. Her daddy Emmett is 4th in his Gundog sweeps class.

GCH CH SoftMaple's Dark Star CDX SH WCQ is first in her Gundog sweeps class.

CH Softmaples Gunflint Skywatcher CD JH WCX is first in her Gundog sweeps class.

GCH CH SoftMaple's Dark Star CDX SH WCQ is first in veteran sweeps 9-11. CH Softmaple's Ma Belle Bouclee SH WCX is second in 9-11 veteran sweeps. CH SoftMaples Boot Scootin' Dese is 4th in vet sweeps 9-11

Regular/nonregular classes:


CH Softmaples Gunflint Skywatcher CD JH WCX is first in brood bitch class.
Here is Momma Stella with her two daughters. Tina who was WB BOW and Reilly who was RWB!

CH Softmaples Gunflint Skywatcher CD JH WCX Judges Award of Merritt. And best Working Retriever.

CH Softmaple Aurora of Nyehyrst Made the cut in a tough breed class.

CH SoftMaples Boot Scootin' Dese is first in veteran dog classes. And judges Award of Merritt.

GCH SoftMaples Stand And Be Liver At Flyway CA WCX JH RN NAP NFP was stud dog third place.

Softmaples Fly By Night WC BN RA CA CGC was second in open bitch


Skywatchers Dee Liver Me To Softmaple CGC TDI was first in open class and reserve winners bitch.

Bouclee was second in veteran bitch. Gabby was third.


Dana and Reilly were best Brace.

In Field UWC qualifiers Stella And Emmett! Lodi passes the WC. Emmett also qualified in Rally.

SHR GCH SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher CD JH WCX UWC finishing her Grand CH at the CCRCA Supported shows. Great job Connie!


7:16 am edt 

Monday, September 1, 2014


Dana picks up an Owner Handler group 3 and 4 at the Nango Shows in NY



Lodi earns Junior leg number three!


11:54 am edt 

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Rosie earns her ATChC
Agility Trial Champion of Canada!
Rosie is the first Female CCR to earn this title! 
Gabby Passes the WCQ at the National!
Stella passes the WCX at the National!

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CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, RN, TT, HOF, ROM CR-CA177/89M/C-PI-ECHO, CR-685, CR-536G27M-T, CHIC # 26259 GSDIIIa and EIC Clear

Jet is the first Master Hunter in the breed with an AKC Championship. Winner of the CCRCA annual Field Trophy
Jet is awarded the 2010 OFA Champion of Health Award! 


SoftMaple Curlies
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan NY 13327
(315) 346-6608

We at SoftMaple have been active in showing and breeding pure bred dogs since 1979. Active in Curly Coated Retrievers since 1993. We do not earn our income from the sale our puppies. For me raising a litter is a very rewarding, time consuming and expensive passion. We are breeding for healthy, sound, highly trainable, versatile dogs without compromising the correct structure and breed type set out in the standard.

SoftMaple bred and or owned Curlies hold over 200 titles to date in conformation, field, obedience and agility, with over 20 group placements. Most SoftMaple dogs go to loving companion homes, or to personal hunting homes and are never shown. Titles do not make the dog, nor do they make a dog great. We are more interested in producing healthy, cherished companions, than having our primary goal to put letters before a dog's name.

Early puppy stimulation, as well as continued puppy socialization are key in our breeding program. We stress temperament and health. Our dogs are family companions, first and foremost. We are only interested in finding homes for our puppies in which potential owners are genuinely committed to loving a Curly for its life-time, be it a pet, show, or hunting companion.
Often times I will lease a bitch for a breeding. This is a good way to expand or diversify bloodlines. Sometimes a breeder falls into the trap of only breeding what they have in their own backyard. The same bitch to the same stud over and over, creating puppies, but not expanding the gene pool. A breeder may become kennel blind, thinking the dog they have currently is the one to put in the whelping box, even if she is not the best choice for the breed as a whole.


We as breeders are caretakers of the future of the Curly Coated Retriever. Breeding just to fill a demand for puppies can damage a breed for years to come. Not all dogs are worthy of being bred. Having a Championship title is not a good enough reason to breed a dog. There are many judgment calls that a breeder has to make according to their own conscience. There is no perfect dog, and unfortunately, no perfect breeders!

Breeding dogs is a labor of love. Their health and well-being is of primary importance. We check Hips (OFA, or foreign country of origin hip score equivalent) Eyes (CERF)and Cardiac (OFA). Puppies come with a contract covering replacement of puppies that do not OFA, do not CERF, or do not pass Cardiac testing.

Since a dog is a living creature, we can not guarantee that the dog will not have any problems. We do our best to check the health history of the parents, grandparents and siblings. We study pedigrees and dogs to help make informed breeding decisions. No one has yet bred the perfect dog. We will stand behind our dogs if there is a problem.

The pups are raised in the home. We use the Bio Sensor method of early puppy stimulation. We temperament test our puppies at 7 weeks of age. As we know the personalities of the puppies better than anyone having lived wiht them since birh, we try to match each puppy with the appropriate family for its needs. Every pup that leaves SoftMaple goes with the condition that if for any reason you cannot keep the dog I will always take it back, for whatever reason.

A curly is not for everyone. They are a strong willed, challenging, intelligent dog. We screen our prospective puppy buyers. Your not just buying a dog from SoftMaple, your joining a family. We ask you questions, and strongly encourage you to ask us questions. Anyone looking to add a Curly to their home shouldn't stop at just contacting one breeder. We encourage you to talk to as many breeders as you can.


CH SoftMaple's Dark Star WC, JH, CGC, CD,  CDX, WCX
2006 CCRCA National Specialty Best In Sweepstakes
Supported event, WB/Best of Winners
Gabby earns her CDX in 2010!
Gabby earns an AOM at the 2011 Eukanuba National Championship Show! 


CH SoftMaple's Pheasant Dreams CGC, WC, RA, JH, ROM, UWC
2004 #3 CCR in All Breed Rankings, and #1 CCR bitch for the year.
1 Group First
1 Group Second
1 Group Third
National Specialty WB/BOW. 2 X National AOW



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