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Softmaple Dragon Prince
SR01084907 DOB APR-10-2002

Out of: CH SoftMaple's International Fling CGC, CR-CA134/34F/C-PI, CR-640G26F-PI, CR-EL97F26-PI, CR-753 03, CHIC #26238 sired by CH SoftMaple's O' Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, CD, WC, WCX, WCQ, CGC, HOF, CR-536G27M-T CR-CA177/89M/C-PI-ECHO, CR-685 01, CHIC #26208


Pictures of Caledor as a pup

Physical characteristics

The AKC breed standard for Curlies has not changed much over the years. According to that standard, Curly males stand 25-27 inches tall at the withers and weigh 70-90 pounds. Females are 23-25 inches tall, and weigh 50-70 pounds. However, you will find small, so-called “condo-sized Curlies” from 21 inches and 50 lbs. to some really large dogs that are up to 30 inches tall and weigh over 100 lbs. The ideal Curly should carry size and bone without losing its elegance or agility.

“To work all day, a Curly must be balanced and sound, strong and robust, and quick and agile. Outline, carriage and attitude all combine for a grace and elegance somewhat uncommon among the other retriever breeds, providing the unique upstanding quality desired in the breed. In outline, the Curly is moderately angulated front and rear and, when comparing height to length, gives the impression of being higher on leg than the other retriever breeds. In carriage, the Curly is an erect, alert, self-confident dog. In motion, all parts blend into a smooth, powerful, harmonious symmetry,” according to the Meeks.(2) “The coat, a hallmark of the breed, is of great importance for all Curlies, whether companion, hunting or show dogs. The perfect coat is a dense mass of small tight, distinct, crisp curls.”

The coat on the face, front of the legs and feet is smooth. Curls start at the top of the skull and form either a “V” shape or a curved shape called a “bonnet.” A Curly with uncurled areas on its back or sides is not suitable for the show ring. Another serious coat fault in Curlies is coat patterning – a hereditary trait characterized by bare patches and/or stripes on the back legs and in a triangular area under the neck.

Coat patterning should not be confused with a severely blown coat or a juvenile coat. Intact females blow coat – often shedding a majority of their hair at the time in their hormonal cycle when they would be having puppies. A nursing bitch might be virtually bald after whelping – which can be distressing to prospective puppy buyers who don’t understand that it is normal. When young Curlies lose their puppy coat and grow their adult coat – some exhibit “juvenile coat patterning” which might or might not ever occur again.

Although some consider them to be a low-shedding breed, all Curlies shed to some extent. Their dark curls – that Curly owners refer to as “public hairs” – have an amazing way of ending up in the butter dish. Males and spayed females generally shed much less than intact females.

Caledor Showing Bouviers make great pillows!

Caledor attacks the hose!

Breed history

The one genetically distinctive characteristic of this breed is its curly coat; whatever sorts of dogs were crossed with whatever sorts of bitches, the curly coat is the main clue from which the investigator could work. A strong case can obviously be made out for the water dog or water spaniel, which have been recognised canine variations for several centuries; as far back at least as the 17th century writers were praising the sagacity fondness for water, the retrieving power and the quality of endurance of this kind of dog.

It is not easy to determine what other breeds occurred in its development, but it is possible to discern the Old English and the Irish Water Spaniels, the Poodle, one or more breeds of Setter, and the small Newfoundland. It would seem that the balance of evidence shows that these breeds, crossed from time to time with the unidentified and now unknown water dog, produced the Curly Coated Retriever as we know today.

In Australia the record of breeding goes back to the 1800s when Curlies were bred from dogs taken out by immigrants and settlers.

Back to SoftMaple 2002 litter

SoftMaple Dragon Prince
CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty JH,SH,MH WCQ CD CGC TT HOF CR-536G27M-T, CR-CA177/89M/C-PI-ECHO, CERF #26208

Ch.Riverwatch DesertWind ROM CR-EL30 CR-429E24M, CERF
Ch. Karakul Trademark ROM CR-199G29M-T, CERF
BISS CH Ptarmigan Gail At Riverwatch CD WC CGC TT TDI HOF National BOB 93,97,98,99 CR-EL10-T CR-336F28F-T, CERF
Ch. Avanti's Best Bet CGC, CD ROMX CR-CA12/56F/C CR-408E24F, CERF
Betty's GSD report from Dr John Fyfe D.V.M. Ph.D
BISS Ch. Ptarmigan Walk The Wild Side BOB 94 National CR-339G26M-T, CERF
Ch. Springolds Irish Spring CR-252G30F, CERF
CH SoftMaple's International Fling CGC Cardiac Clear, CERF CR-640G26F-PI, CR-640G26F-PI #26238
Dutch, VDH, German Ch. Caballus Inferno JWW'98, W'98, Europasieger '99, Bundessieger'99 Hips A/A (Finland), B1 (Holland)
Int&FIN&N Ch, NordV-95-97-98, FINW-96-97-98-99, SW-96-98, JWW-96 Caballus Fair Dinkum hips A/A, clear eye cert '99
Oak's Wild Song HD fri Norden Hips A, eyes clear 12.05.00 SF23859/94
CH Mathel Felicitation ROM CR-CA3/38F/C CR-453G24F CERF
CH Haamorin Indeksi ROM CR-CA2/89M/C-T CR-315G24M-T
CH Darelyn Zelsa CR-EL12 CR-351G31F

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