Curly-Coated Retrievers

Soft Maple Curly Coated Retriever.
We are a small kennel, located in northern New York.
We strive to breed correct Curly-Coated Retrievers in type, structure, temperament, working ability and versatility.




SoftMaple Curly Coated Retriever
Mark and Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan New York 13327


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SoftMaple Curly Coated Retrievers
Mark and Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan New York 13327
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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.

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

We have truly been blessed over the years with THE BEST puppy people!

These accomplishments are not mine. They are the result of our loving Curly family.

It is to them and to God that we owe any success.

Jump I personally have shown several dogs to the CD level, a couple to the CDX level, and one to the UD level. I have won an all breed High in Trial. Multiple Match HIT's. Match Group wins. I have shown many dogs to their CGC title before I became a CGC evaluator for the AKC. Now I don't do as many of my own dogs to the CGC, since I tend to always be doing the tests for others! I have shown several dogs to their Championships. (and helped put points on many others) Put a CKC Ch on one of my dogs, as well as 2 CKC CD's and 2 CKC CDX's. I put the first AKC agility title on a CCR. The First NA, the first OA, and the first AX. As well as the first curly to earn a USDAA agility title. I have put TDI's on a couple of my dogs, as well as ST (Stability Test title)
Recently I have gotten into Barn Hunt trials, Luer coursing, Dock Diving and other fun dog sports.  It was fun attending the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with the Multi titled UCH CH SoftMaple's Sexy And I Know It RATN, RATI, CA, WC, DJ, RN, BN, CGC, CGI, TDI.  
 I don't show as much as I did, due to job and time constraints. And usually when I go to a national specialty, I don't take any of my own dogs, since as a fancier of the breed, I like to be free to observe what other breeders have been producing over the last year. Bringing a string of dogs to show... you just don't have the time to do that all important research.





I don't have a kennel full of dogs. My Curlies live in the home with us. That is why I sometimes lease back a prospective mom to have a litter. This helps diversify my bloodlines, and takes away a common trap some breeders fall into, by only breeding the dogs they have in their kennel. I want to be able to give each dog at SoftMaple individual attention, time and training. Our breeding program is the same. I have an average of 2 litters a year. I don't believe in churning out sub quality pups just to meet a demand. Breeding is about trying to improve upon a particular dog or line of dogs, or trying to preserve some quality traits.

You need to evaluate each dog and each past litter in order to make informed choices for future breedings. Breeding many dogs may get the breeder more awards, but conscientious breeding isn't about awards. Breeding Curly Coated Retrievers should be done selectively with emphasis placed on producing good health, sound temperament, correct conformation, working ability, and other outstanding characteristics of the breed.



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I first started doing a puppy diary online with my 2001 litter. Realizing that most of the people who would be getting one of my pups would never have the chance to come to my home and see for themselves how I raise my puppies. They wouldn’t get a chance to see how much they change over the days. I wanted to share the photos, but I didn’t want to just put up cute puppy pictures and encourage people to want to have a litter. I wanted them to realize how much work, time and commitment it takes.
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I had a pretty loyal following reading the puppy diary online day to day. It was suggested that I make it into a book. So here it is! It is still in the day to day diary format. With all its ramblings and I’m sure, many mistakes! I hope you enjoy my Puppy Diary.






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