SoftMaple Curlies

Mark and Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan NY 13327

softmaple@curlycoat.org

Many SoftMaple dogs go to personal hunting homes, and never receive any hunting titles. Titles do not put the heart and love of the hunt into the dog. Unfortunately for the sake of history, years down the road, many people will only look to titles to judge a lines field ability.

Many of the tales of a good hunting dog that are spun around the fireplace after the hunt will be lost. Those dogs put the meat on the table, not the ribbons on the wall.

Cheers to all our good hunting buddies of the present, past and future!


This stylish and athletic, multi - purpose retriever has strength, endurance and presence. The Curly is recognized by most canine historians as one of the oldest of the retrieving breeds. Developed in England, the Curly was long a favorite of English gamekeepers. Prized for innate field ability, courage and indomitable perseverance, a correctly built and tempered Curly will work as long as there is work to be done, retrieving both fur and feather in the heaviest of cover and the iciest of waters. To work all day a Curly must be balanced and sound, strong and robust, and quick and agile.

Exceptional swimmers, which revel in the water, these powerful and tireless hunters excel on all game. Exciting to shoot over, yet they are a delightful family companion. Self-confident, steadfast and proud, this active, intelligent dog is a charming and gentle family companion and a determined, durable hunter. The Curly is alert, biddable and responsive to family and friends, whether at home or in the field. Of independent nature and discerning intelligence.

The Curly is a hunting dog for the person who likes variety: ducks, pheasant, grouse and a dog who can also be a companion to children and a family friend. Though he is designated as a retriever, the Curly is also an outstanding upland game dog on pheasant, grouse, quail, etc. Curlies are currently being hunted throughout North America, and are used extensively for hunting in New Zealand (where they are the hunting dog of choice) and Australia. Many, if not most, of the people hunting Curlies are family-oriented who just want a dog that hunts and can be a companion so hunting Curlies is rather a silent revolution.

Each of the Retriever breeds, even though closely related, has distinct habits and temperaments, and the Curly is no exception. Curlies are very much loyal family dogs and are reserved with strangers. They make excellent watch dogs because of this characteristic. They are generally a dignified and somewhat independent dog, especially as compared to the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. Like the Flat Coated Retriever, Curlies come in both black and (recessive) liver colors. There have been occasional reports of yellow Curlies, but this has never been an accepted color in the breed and very few if any yellows occur today.

The Curly Coat does share the general Retriever characteristics such as intelligence, keen instinct for hunting and retrieving, an extended puppyhood, and an even and stable temperament.


Home of the First Curly AKC NA, OA and AX.
Home of the First curly USDAA AD.
Breeder of the first AKC Master Hunter with an AKC Championship


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Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America Working Titles:
WC Working Certificate
WCX Working Certificate Excellent
WCQ Working Certificate Qualified


JH Junior Hunter (AKC)
SH Senior Hunter (AKC)
MH Master Hunter (AKC)
GMHR Grand Master Hunting Retriever (NAHRA)
SR Started Retriever (NAHRA)
MHR Master Hunting Retriever (NAHRA)
WR Working Retriever (NAHRA)

Making sense of all the Titles and Abbreviations




Field News:

2007
7/21 & 7/22/2007 Congratulations to Mary Fowler and CH Softmaple's Pheasant Dreams WC, CGC, RN, JH on earning her Junior Hunter title!

Western NY
4/14/2007 SHR, CH SoftMaple's Ma Belle Bouclee CGC, WC, WCX, JH, SH, passed the Senior test at Palmeto Retriever Club! New SH!
3/17/2007 Tallahassee Hunting Retriever Club hunt test at the Springhill plantation in Thomasville Georgia SHR CH SoftMaple's Ma Belle Bouclee CGC, WCX, JH earns her 3rd Senior Hunter leg!
3/17/2007 Tallahassee Hunting Retriever Club hunt test at the Springhill plantation in Thomasville Georgia SoftMaple's Dark Star WC JH earns her Junior Hunter title! Way to go Buck and Gabby!
3/18/2007 Gabby earned an extra JH leg
2/25/2007 Gabby SoftMaple's Dark Star WC, JH earned her third JH leg at the Lower Alabama Hunting Retriever Club test. Gabby is owned by Buck and Connie Buchanan
2/18/2007 SHR SoftMaple's Ma Belle Bouclee CGC, WC, WCX, JH earns her second SH leg at the Jacksonville Club in Williston, FL. Bouclee is trained by Kathleen Luthy of Rippling Waters Kennels.
2/17/2007 Boulcee earns her first Senior Hunter Leg in Florida

2006 Softmaple Cimramin Journeyman passes his Working Test in Finland
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee CGC, WC, JH earns her AKC Junior Hunter tile, and her CCRCA WC
10/2006 Gunflint's Highland Hunter CGC, WC earns his WC
Wednesday, October 11, CCRCA Working Certificate Tests held at Nichols Farm College St. at Bethel Road Olive Branch, MS
CH SoftMaple's O' Dark Thirty JH SH MH CD WC WCX WCQ CGC TT HOF CHIC passes the WCQ.
Jet was the only dog that day to pass the WCQ
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee CGC, WC, WCX, JH passes the WCX
SoftMaple's Dark Star WC passes her WC
Oct 14 SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee CGC, WCX, JH earned her first UKC Started Pass.
October 15th SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee CGC, WCX, JH earns her second UKC Started passes!
11/12/2006 SoftMaple's Dark Star WC earns her second JH leg
11/11/2006 SoftMaple's Dark Star WC earns her first Junior Hunter Pass at the Black Warrior Retriever Club in AL
November 6, 2006 Swiper, SoftMaple Ringlets Jet-Setter, has passed his bloodtracking degree and is now ready for the open class.
12/2/2006 & 12/3/2006 SHR Soft Maple's Ma Belle Bouclee, CGC, JH, WCX finished her Started Hunting Retriever title earening her last two legs at Hunting Retriever this weekend down at Central Florida HRC test. Congratulations to Stephen & Joan Engel!

2004 CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, HOF (Jet) is winner of the CCRCA annual Field Trophy
(The Sarona Jacob of Marvadel & Sarona Sam of Marvadel Memorial Field Trophy) Jet had 5 Senior passes, 4 Master Passes and obtained his Master Hunter title. Jet is only the third MH CCR in history, and the first CCR with an AKC CH to become a Master Hunter!
Jet is also the first obedience titled Curly to earn a MH

2003 CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT Passed the Senior and Master trials At the New burgh hunt test May 17th and 18th.
2003 CH SoftMaple's Pheasant Dreams WC CGC earned her first JH leg. This earns her CCRCA WC
2003 CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT earns a SH pass May 11th.
2003 Soft Maples Northern Star JH earns his Junior Hunter Title in Canada.
2003 CH Soft Maple Crossing Delancy WC JH qualifies for her WC at the CCRCA Working Test at the National Specialty.
2003 June 14 and 15th at the Buckeye Retriever Club in Ohio, Jet (CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT) Got his third Master Hunter Pass. He also qualified in the Senior test.
2003 7/6/ Jet (CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT ) gets another Senior Hunter Pass
2003 July 12-13 Jet (CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT ) passed his 4th Master Hunter leg at the Finger Lakes Retriever Club. He also passed the Senior test
2003 9/28/ CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH WCQ CD CGC earns his Master Hunter
2003 CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT (Jet) is winner of the CCRCA annual Field Trophy. (The Sarona Jacob of Marvadel & Sarona Sam of Marvadel Memorial Field Trophy)
Jet had 5 Senior passes, 4 Master Passes and obtained his Master Hunter title. Jet is only the third MH CCR in history, and the first CCR with an AKC CH to become a Master Hunter! Jet is also the first obedience titled Curly to earn a MH. Jet is trained and owned by Mary Fowler

2002 U-CH SR CH Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen NA, OA, JH, NAJ, CGC, TDI, WC, CD, WCX (Kyra) earned Her WCX June 2002
2002 CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty SH WCQ CD CGC CR-536G27M-T OFA cardiac, CERF (Jet) Qualified in two Senior Hunting trials in July
2002 CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty SH WCQ CD CGC CR-536G27M-T OFA cardiac, CERF (Jet) earns his first Master Hunter leg at the Kuyahog Golden Retriever Hunt Test in Ohio in September. This earns him his CCRCA WCQ.

2001 CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT earns his WCX at the CCRCA National
2001 CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT earns his Senior Hunter title July 2001
2001 Jet is co-winner of the CCRCA annual Field Trophy (The Sarona Jacob of Marvadel & Sarona Sam of Marvadel Memorial Field Trophy)
2001 CH Soft Maple Crossing Delancy WC JH Finished her JH 3/31/2001
2001 Soft Maple Fosters Lager WC (Foster) earns his WC 6/23/2001

2000 CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT (Jet) Earned his JH title in 4 trials with all 10s
2000 CH Soft Maple Crossing Delancy WC JH earns her CCRCA Working Certificate
2000 CH Soft Maple Black Teddy WC JH earns his Junior Hunter
2000 U-CH SR CH Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen OA JH NAJ CGC TDI WC CD (Kyra) wins the field trial bitch class at the CCRCA National Specialty

1999 U-CH SR CH Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen OA JH NAJ CGC TDI WC CD earns her NAHRA SR
1999 U-CH SR CH Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen OA JH NAJ CGC TDI WC CD earns her earns her AKC Junior Hunter title
1999 Soft Maple Velvet Elvis JH WC CR-539G26M-T earns his AKC Junior Hunter title JH
1999 CH Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCX, WCQ, CD, CGC, TT Earned his CCRCA WC title
1999 U-CH SR CH Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen OA JH NAJ CGC TDI WC CD (Kyra) wins the field trial bitch class at the CCRCA National Specialty

1998 Soft Maple Velvet Elvis JH WC CR-539G26M-T earns his CCRCA WC
1998 SR CH Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen OA JH NAJ CGC TDI WC CD earns her CCRCA WC



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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 100 titles to date in conformation, field, obedience and agility. 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.





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