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SoftMaple Saddle Back Ranch

Ride Em Curly!

Western and English

AKC Standard

Size, Proportion, Substance Ideal height at withers: dogs, 25 to 27 inches; bitches, 23 to 25 inches. A clearly superior Curly falling outside of this range should not be penalized because of size. The body proportions are slightly off square, meaning that the dog is slightly longer from prosternum to buttocks as he is from withers to ground. The Curly is both sturdy and elegant. The degree of substance is sufficient to ensure strength and endurance without sacrificing grace. Bone and substance are neither spindly nor massive and should be in proportion with weight and height and balanced throughout.

The Curly Coated Retriever Club Of Great Britain

Size: Ideal height at wither: Dogs 68.5 cms (27 ins), Bitches 63.5 cms (25 ins).

De Curly in Nederland

Maat: Ideale schouderhoogte voor reuen 68,5 centimeter (27 inches) en voor teven 63,5 centimeter (25 inches).

The Curly Coated Retriever Club of Finland

Size: Ideal height at wither: Dogs 68.5 cms (27 ins.), Bitches 63.5 cms (25 ins.).

Official U.K.C. Breed Standard

About 70 pounds; and from 25 to 27 inches at the withers.

Curly Coated Retriever Klubben

Önskvärd mankhöjd: hanhund 69 cm och tik 64 cm.

How to Grow a curly

Order your copy of The Puppy Diary

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$19.95 ($5.50 Shipping and Handling)
Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan NY 13327

About the Book

Follow a litter of puppies from birthday until they go to their new homes. The diary contains lots of pictures, tips on puppy rearing, some breed specific information, and lots of information on the care of any breed of dog.

I started doing an on-line puppy diary since many of the people that would be getting one of my pups would not be able to travel here to see the pups. I did not want to put a bunch of cute puppy pictures online, and encourage anyone to have a litter just because they wanted to see cute puppies! Breeding dogs, if done the right way, is a lot of work. Lost sleep and sometimes heartache. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to raise a litter of puppies. Once I started doing The Puppy Diary, I realized I had a captive audience. These people logged on every day to see the pictures, and read what was happening. I used this opportunity to cram as much education into each day as I could. Health, Coat issues, grooming, feeding, socializing, vet care, puppy evaluations, shipping puppies.... you name it! I tried to put it in The Diary. It was suggested that I make it into a book. Well here it is! There are 560 pictures and over 300 pages of living with and watching one litter grow up.

I am sure may conscientious, caring breeders raise litters similar to the way I do. Its is a good look into the time, money, commitment it takes to bring up a litter of pups. Some of the things that go on behind the scenes, that the eventual puppies owners (family), never realize go into the litter. Enjoy my litter as I see them. Day to day


Chapter One (Week One) ... Page 1

Seger comes into season
Happy Birthday!
Removing the Dewclaws
Start of the Bio Sensor program

Chapter Two (Week Two) ... Page 48
Coat issues.
Tail Gland Hyperplasia
Do Curlies Shed?

Chapter Three (Week Three) ... Page 94
End of Bio Sensor Exercises
Worming The puppies
Eyes are open
First pup escapes from the box

Chapter Four (Week Four) ... Page 130
Weaning. The great food fight!
Introduction to the puppy play room
Shark Cage

Chapter Five (Week Five) ... Page 156
Field dog? Show Dog? CPE?
Happy Mothers Day!
First Stacked pictures

Chapter Six (Week Six) ... Page 195
Toys! Toys! Toys!
What’s In A Name?
Kids and Dogs
Introduction to Wings

Chapter Seven (Week Seven) ... Page 236
About Puppies and Retrieving
Socialize your puppy
First Shots & Vet Visit
Splish Splash, first bath!

Chapter Eight (Week Eight) ... Page 286
Shape up or ship out!
Requirements to ship puppies
See all the pups!

Top Ten Reasons Not to get a Curly

#1 Curlies Shed Curlies shed a lot. A female will generaly blow her coat(shed heavily) 2 times a year with her heat cycle. All other Curlies neutered and unneutered males, and spayed females will shed moderatly throughout the year and more so as the seasons change. This hair collects on furniture, clothes and blows accross the floor in tumbleweeds. For some reason it was passed around that curlies are non shedding dogs. Well, come take a look at my house!

See a picture of a Curly Blowing Coat

#2 Curlies are not hypoallergenic If you have allergies to dog hair, dander or saliva, you may have problems with a curly. The somewhat oilier coat does keep down some dander, but not all of it. If you have severe dog allergies, you will probably have problems living with a curly. Many breeders and owners would be glad to have you visit their dogs to see if you can tolerate being around them. It is never fair to get a puppy then find out your allergies are too bad and you have to tie the dog up outside away from the family for the majority of its life. A curly should be with people. Think of what is best for the dog.

#3 Curlies are not clean If you are a neat freak, you will not like a Curly. They shed. They can dig holes in your yard. Track in mud. Chew on things. Flick eye boogers on your walls. Leave tail whip marks on your walls. Clear off the coffee table with one wag of its tail. If you are a neat freak, and want a dog as a showpiece, don't get a curly. Get a stuffed dog or one of those new robot dogs.

#4 Curlies need a lot of exercise The Curly is an active breed. This may not seem a problem if you are in the mood for some exercise yourself. But they need an outlet for this energy every day. That means when it is raining, on days you work late, when you are not feeling good- your curly will still want to go for a run, walk, play ball, go swimming...whatever you two do. If you do not provide an outlet for his pent-up energy....he may find one!

#5 Curlies are prone to some genetically linked problems Hip dysplasia, Eye problems, Epilepsy, Coat Patterning...the list goes on. Just because a breed is semi rare does not mean they are genetically superior to other more common breeds. Do your homework! Ask the breeder about epilepsy, coat problems, heart problems, premature death of any cause, Hip scores on parents and grandparents, eye problems.
Curly Health Problem Page

#6 Curlies are prone to other health problems Some of which may or may not be genetically linked. Include but not limited to: Bloat, PANO,Thyroid problems, Kidney problems, Pancriatic problems and other immune system and endocrine problems.

#7 Curlies stay puppies for a long time You may think, great- I love puppies. Well, only there minds stay puppies. There bodies get big! They remain clumsy, hard-headed, goofy and immature a long time. Curlies are not really hard to train, but you have to be persistent. They do need some form of training. Curlies don't really mature until they are 3 years old.

#8 Curlies can be hard to find This is a good thing and a bad thing. It can take a while to find a breeder you trust, and a litter you want a puppy out of. You may loose patience and purchase a puppy from an unreputable source just to get a pup, and run into many problems with the pup as he grows. Most good breeders plan 1 or 2(usually less) litters a year. They often wait years in-between breeding so they can evaluate what they are producing. Beware of a breeder who always has puppies, or seems to be breeding numerous litters every year. They may be out for there own gain, and not for the overall health of the breed.

#9 A Curly may not be the best dog if you have small children Curlies are usually good around kids, but like all dogs, they have to be taught to behave around children. A small puppy will naturally bite and chew on, clothing, shoes, hands.... Those sharp puppy teeth can hurt a childs hands without the puppy knowing it. A growing puppy will often knock down a toddler in play. You have to supervise any dog arround small children.

#10 Curlies Shed Oh, did I say that one already? I couldn't see the computer screen thrugh all these tumbleweeds.......

This page was written in good humor. Curlies aren't all bad! If they were, I wouldn't be hooked on them. But... I get a lot of phone calls from people who want a curly because they are hypoallergenic, or because they don't shed, or because they once had a lab who was hyper, or they had a Golden that had Hip Dysplasia, and they now want a breed without problems. Just because you don't hear about Curly problems, doesn't mean they don't have problems. There is no perfect dog. If there was, no one would breed, we would have scientists cloning that one perfect dog!

A dog is a living creature. Even the best breeder has produced a pup with problems. If a breeder tells you all their dogs are perfect, RUN! It hasn't happened yet.

Each dog is different. I say a Curly needs exercise. Some dogs need a long run every day, or want you to throw a ball non-stop. Other Curlies are content to sleep at your feet most of the day. I like a curly that is active outside with me, but knows how to tune it down when inside. I would not call the Curly a Hyper breed, but I have seen some hyper individual curlies. Do your homework. Ask about the parents temperament and energy level. Pick a breeder who will choose a pup for you, based on your needs. Also, be honest with the breeder. Don't tell them you have 80 acres of fenced in woodland, just because you think that will increase your chances of getting a pup! They may sell you a dog that NEEDS 80 acres of fenced in woodland! And please, if you can't take a little dirt, kinky hair, slobber, eye boogers and a Curlies sense of humor.... just pick another breed. This breed is very special, and the people that love the breed are also special. There are hundreds of breeds out there. Don't pick a Curly based on a picture in a book, or a flashing glimpse of one on TV. A Curly is a 10 to 14 year commitment.

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