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Friday, April 18, 2014


Canine Chronical Breed Standings are out for the first quarter.

#1 in Breed Standings is CH Softmaple Boot Scoot'N Dese owned by Sonia and Don Evans! way to go Don and Scooter!

#7 Breed Standings (#1 Female) is Dana, CH Softmaple's Sexy And I Know It BN, RN, CGC, CGN, WC

#16 is Ch Softmaple Green River WC- Lodi, owned by Natalie Donnelly

In All Breed Standings for Curlies, Dana is #3 CCR, Scooter is #4 Curly, and Lodi is #17 Curly.

Way to go kids!

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Dana's Group 2 picture from Salt City Shows


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Show News
3/27/2014 Dana Gets a Group Two at the Salt City Cluster!

3/30/2014 Dana is BOB for 2 select points, and Reilly is Winners Bitch for a point



3/16 Scooter is BOB in PA with a big entery of 16 curlies!

CH Soft Maple's Boot Scootin Dese


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Saturday, February 15, 2014

WKC Best of Breed!


Dana is Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!

Lodi (CH Softmaple Green River CGC WC) Is Select Dog!

Both of these young dogs are out ofCh SoftMaple's Stand And Be Liver At Flyway NAP CA RN

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

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ransom group 4!
SoftMaple's Held For Ransom Group 4!
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2013 CCRCA National, Curlies Uncorked!

CCRCA National- Curlies uncorked in NY! what a week! Some of our kids did pretty good. Not as good as some of our grand-kids! but that is the ultimate goal to have the next generations excel.

So Some of our national Brags. Dana was second in her sweepstakes class. Which was ok- since the pup that won the class, was also Best in sweeps- and one of our grandkids out of Stella and Denzel. Veteran sweeps- 4th in 7-10 yr male was Scooter. The best Veteran in sweeps was out of our Moxie. Best of opposite sex in Veteran Sweepstakes was GCH Softmaple's Dark Star CDX SH. Nat1Winning the 11 and over bitch class was Beauty- CH SoftMaple Gunflint Beauty CGC ROM

Gundog Sweeps: 1st place in the CCRCA Working classes was SoftMaple Shoot To Thrill at Flyway WC. 2nd was his brother, GCH Softmaples Stand And Be Liver At Flyway NAP NFP CA WC! 2nd in bitch class CCRCA Working was Dana- SoftMaple's Sexy And I Know It WC, CGC, RN. 3rd was Softmaple N Flyway's Nobody Puts Baby In a Corner RN WC. 1st in JH Bitch class was Ch Softmaple Gunflint Skywathcer CD JH. 1st in SH Bitch class was GCH Softmaple's Dark Star CDX SH. the overall Best Gundog was out of our Moxi. (CH SoftMaple's Pheasant Dream)

Dana Emmett and Swayze all get Rally legs. Dana and Emmett both earned titles!

Regular Classes: American Bred Class 1st place, Softmaple Shoot To Thrill At Flyway WC -(the Winners Dog/Bow was a grandpuppy out of our Bouclee) 1st in 7-10 Veteran Dog class is Ch Softmaple Boot Scoot'n Dese. Dana is 2nd in 12-18 month bitch class (beat by a double grand puppy) 1st in AOH bitch is Softmaple Gunflint Rainbow's End. 1st in AM Bred bitch is my Reilly bred by Connie. Working Retriever Bitch class is won by CH Softmaples Gunflint Skywatcher CD JH. Veteran bitch 9-10 year is won by GCH Softmapel's Dark Star CDS SH. Beauty is 3rd in Vet Bitch 11 and over. Two of our kids got Judges Award of Merit - CH SoftMaples Gunflint Skywatcher D JH and CH Softmaple Boot Scoot'n Dese. Best Veteran in show, CH Softmaple Boot Scoot'n Dese.

Stud dog class- Emmett was third- GCH Softmaples Stand And Be Liver At Flyway NFP NAP CA WC. -the stud dog class winners was out of our Moxi. Brood bitch class winner was CH Softmaples Gunflint Skywatcher CD JH Brace class winners were the comic brace of CH Softmaple's Sexy And I Know It CGC WC RN and Skywatchers Dee Liver Me To SoftMaple

Ch Softmaple Boot Scoot'n Dese- Best Veteran and JAM

Working Test: WC Qualifiers from our family: CH SoftMaple's Sexy And I Know It CGC, WC, RN, CGN. Softmaple N Flyway's Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner RN WC. CH Sofmaple Green River CGC, WC. Out of 19 dogs, only 7 Q's - This was a tricky test! WCX Qualifiers from our family: SHR CH Softmaple's gunflint Skywatcher CD JH.WCQ Qualifiers: HR GCH Softmaple's Dark Star CDX SH CGC WCQ UWC and CH Softmaple's Ma Belle Bouclee SH WCQ CGC. Upland Hunting test qualifiers: SHR CH Softmaple's Gunfint Skywatcher CD JH and HR GCH Softmaple's Dark star CDX SH CGC WCQ UWC! congratulations to all our kids!

Fingerlakes supported entry -Dana is best in sweepstakes. Dana also goes winners bitch the first two days (5 point majors) to finish her CH! Stella is select bitch 2 days for 5 grand points! Avery is WB the third day for a 5 point major, while Dana first time out as a special is Select Bitch for a 5 point grand major!  Avery also earns several Legs to her CAA title, as well as earning her RA title!  Swayze earns her CAT title! 


New CH Softmaple's Sexy And I Know It WC, CGC, RN, CGN 

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CH SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher CD JH WCX UWC... Winner of the Gun Dog Sweeps JH class, the Working Retriever class, Brood Bitch class and a Judges AOM... Plus a new Upland field title and Select Bitch the two days she was entered at the Wine Country shows
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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 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! 


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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