Curly Coated Retrievers in a Field of their own
Curly Coated Retriever

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Curly Coated Retrievers In the Field


pupduckbranch 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. sport4 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 puppy hood, and an even and stable temperament.



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About puppies and retrieving.

PD27d Puppies will carry nearly anything they can get hold of, including your good shoes, gloves, the children's toys, and your newly-planted rosebushes. Severe scolding now, or vigorously discouraging the retrieving instinct, will quite likely result in a dog hesitant to retrieve for you later in obedience training or field work. A much better solution is to call the puppy to you (go to him when necessary), praise him gently for delivering and releasing the forbidden object, and immediately give him one of his own toys to carry and play with. If you chase him while screaming and scolding, he will only run away with the object ... and next time, may just quietly take it away to be more thoroughly "investigated".

One of the most characteristic features of the Retriever is the instinct to retrieve, and the commitment to carrying things around. Even if tennis balls and toys are the only "birds" your pup ever retrieves, but especially if you plan to do any sort of hunting, field work, or obedience work, proper development and encouragement of the retrieving instinct in your puppy will be a firm foundation for not just retrieving skills, but also the willingness to work with and for a person. Use a small, soft object that's easy for the puppy to carry such as a rubber ball, a knotted sock, a pigeon wing, or a puppy-sized bumper. Show it to the puppy and move it in a wiggling motion that will entice her by awakening her chase instinct. Don't move it too quickly as puppies often don't follow movements that are too fast or abrupt, and it is important that she maintain eye contact with or "mark" the object. While she is watching the movement of the object, or attempting to take a hold of it, encourage her with soft but excited words such as "Where's the bird? Good puppy!" and toss the object a foot or two away. Use words of encouragement such as "Fetch it up! Good puppy!" as you call her back to you with the object, hold her gently while you praise her again both verbally and physically, and don't take the object away too soon. Many puppies are reluctant to give up their "catch", and run away from you with it instead of bringing it back. Resist the impulse to run after the puppy, and run away from her instead, clapping your hands, and calling her by name; this should once again initiate her "chase" instinct. Take the object from the puppy very gently (praising all the time), and let her retrieve again immediately. When the game is over (and two or three retrieves is plenty), take the object from her, hold the puppy there for few more seconds of praise, and then release her.


If you are thinking of doing any type of retriever work, or hunting with your pup and you don't have a clue where to start, I suggest finding a local retriever club in your area. You can also purchase a number of good books and videos to help guide you.



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CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH WCQ CD CGC, RN, TT, HOF, ROM ~ HR GCH CH SoftMaple's Dark Star CDX, JH, SH, WCQ, UWC, CGC

 

 

Some Field Titled SoftMaple Dogs:


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CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH WCQ CD CGC, TT HOF CR-536G27M-T Cardiac clear, CERF 2001; (Jet is only the third MH CCR, and the first AKC CH Master Hunter. Jet is trained by, and lives with Mary Fowler.) Jet was winner of the CCRCA annual Field Trophy (The Sarona Jacob of Marvadel & Sarona Sam of Marvadel Memorial Field Trophy)





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CCRCA Working Titles (WC)
Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen
Soft Maple Velvet Elvis
Soft Maple Black Teddy
Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty
Soft Maple Crossing Delancy
Soft Maple Fosters Lager
SoftMaple's Pheasant Dreams
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee
Gunflint's Highland Hunter
SoftMapl's Dark Star
Softmaple Shoot To Thrill At Flyway
Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver at Flyway
SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher
SoftMaple N Flyway's Nobody puts Baby in a Corner
SoftMaple's Green River
SoftMaple's Sexy And I Know It
SoftMaple's Fly By Night

SoftMaple Out Late And Early

Working Certificate Excellent (WCX)
Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen
Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee
Gunflint's Highland Hunter
SoftMaple's Dark Star
SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher
Softmaple's Stand and Be Liver at Flyway

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Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee
Soft Maple's Dark Star

SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher


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SoftMaple's Dark Star
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee

SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher

WCQ3
SoftMaple's Dark Star
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee

WCQ4
SoftMaple's Dark Star
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee

WCQ5
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee

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SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee

CCRCA Upland Working Titles (UWC)
Softmaple's Pheasant Dreams
SoftMaple's Dark Star
Softmaple's Gunfint Skywatcher
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee
SoftMaples Stand And Be Liver At Flyway

Junior Hunters (JH-AKC)

Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen
Soft Maple Velvet Elvis
Soft Maple Black Teddy
Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty
Soft Maple Crossing Delancy
SoftMaple's MaBelle Bouclee
SoftMaple's Dark Star
Gunflint Highland Hunter
SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher
SoftMaples Stand And Be Liver At Flyway
Softmaple Green River
SoftMaple's Pheasant Dreams


Senior Hunters (SH-AKC)
Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty
SoftMaple's Ma Belle Bouclee
SoftMaple's Dark Star

SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher

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Breeder of the first Master Hunter with an AKC CH
Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty

CKC JH
Soft Maples Northern Star

Started Certificates from NAHRA
Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen
Gunflint Highland Hunter

Started Hunting Retriever SHR
SoftMaple's Dark Star
Soft Maple's Ma Belle Bouclee
SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher
SoftMaple Green River


UKC Seasoned title HR
Soft Maple's Ma Belle Bouclee
SoftMaple's Dark Star

SoftMaple's Gunflint Skywatcher

(The Sarona Jacob of Marvadel & Sarona Sam of Marvadel Memorial Field Trophy)
2003 Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty
2001 (co-winner) Soft Maple's O' Dark Thirty

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SR, U-CH, UAG1, CH Soft Maple Kyrabean Queen, CD, U-CD, OAJ, OA, NA, NAJ, NAP, NJP, OAP, RN, JH, WCX, WC (WCI, WC), TT, TDI, CGC, ROM, HOF


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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!
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Future bird dog!