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Monday, February 23, 2015

Westminster Kennel Club
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UCH, CH Softmaple's Sexy and I Know It CA, RATI, RATN, BN, RN, WC, CGC, CGN, DJ, TDI is Select Bitch at WKC this year!

 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Eukanuba National Dog Show
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Dana Owner Handler Best of Breed

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Award of Excellence

 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

 

Eukanuba National Championship Orlando, FL Dana was Best Of Breed National Owner Handler Series!

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1st Award of Excellence at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show

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Dana earned 10 qualifying Junior Dock Dog Jumps at the NADD/AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

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UCH, Ch Softmaple's Sexy and I Know It CAT, RATI RATN BN RN WC CGC CGN DJ

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Monday, November 24, 2014

SoftMaple News
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Dana gets her invitation to WKC

 

11/22-11/23 Avery earns her RATI and 2 legs of her Novice title! Softmaples Fly By Night WC BN RA CA CGC RATI

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Dana earns an Open leg at the Barn Hunt Event

October 26 Lodi Earns his CGCA! CH Softmaple Green River CGCA DJ WC

 

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

timmy 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.





   


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