SoftMaple Since 1979.... Kinky since 1993!
SoftMaple Curly Coated Retrievers
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Group 4 for Ransom!
5:07 pm edt
Softmaple Held for Ransom - Group 4th at the Moncton
Kennel Club dog show May 5th 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
7:28 pm edt
Saturday, April 20, 2013
6:44 pm edt
Emmett finished his Novice FAST title today with 67 points (only needed 50) and did it in 19.6 seconds. It couldn't have been
a prettier run!
Emmett and Eva earn a Novice Preferred FAST Q!
CH. Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver at Flyway NAP, NFP, CA, TG-N, TN-N
And Avery is BOW/BOS for her second point!
Way to go Jen and Avery!
SoftMaple's Fly By Night RN, CGC, CAT
Friday, April 12, 2013
Harrisburg KC 4/12/2013 Dana is WB BOS for a point!
5:56 pm edt
And some sad news
Seger crosses over the Rainbow Bridge today
some more sad news from another 13 1/2 year old International sibling
Sunday, April 7, 2013
9:24 pm edt
Gail and Stephen got Ransom's picture back.
Softmaple Held for "Ransom" Group 3rd - 3 point major, March
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!
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
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!
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 150 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!
Pheasant Dreams CGC, WC, RA, JH, ROM, UWC
2004 #3 CCR in All Breed Rankings, and #1 CCR bitch for the year.
1 Group Second
1 Group Third
National Specialty WB/BOW. 2 X National AOW