Kurly Kreek | Kathy & Scott Shifflett

Kurly Kreek | Kathy & Scott Shifflett

Meet Sporting Group Breeders Kathy & Scott Shifflett

Where do we live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
We live in Tracy’s Landing, Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay. We have had dogs and other animals our entire lives. Our first show dog, a Curly-Coated Retriever, was purchased in 1997. We bred our first litter in 1998.

What is our kennel name? How many dogs do we currently keep?
Our Kennel name is Kurly Kreek. We have several dogs.

Which show dogs from the past have been our noteworthy winners?
BIS CH Kurly Kreek Marshal Dillon Boyerie was from our first litter. He was remarkable. He and his litter mate, CH Kurly Kreek Mae West CGC, won BOB and BOS at Westminster Kennel Club before they were two. BIS BISS GCHG Kurly Kreek Hudson Mayhem CGC is another remarkable Kurly Kreek dog with a stellar career. He was Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the 2011 CCRCA National Specialty. After not being shown for several years, “Hudson” returned to live with us. He was #1 CCR All-Systems 2016, 2017 & 2018. He won Best of Breed at the CCRCA National Specialty at the age of 10. Hudson is currently 14 and is still traveling to shows with us. He also earned four Owner-Handled BIS awards.

Which have been our most influential sires and dams?
CH Addidas Such Charm, ROM is our foundation bitch. She produced two litters. In both of those litters we had a BIS dog, and Multiple Group-Winning and Multiple Group-Placing dogs. She also produced several bitches that have contributed to our breeding program, to help us to continue to build upon our foundation.
Can we talk about our facilities? Where are our puppies whelped? How are they raised? Our puppies are whelped in the puppy room in our home. They are handled every day, and as they grow up they are given puppy puzzles and a gymnasium of toys. We find that these activities help them to develop various skills. They absolutely love the puppy puzzles.

What is our “process” for selecting show puppies? At what age do we make our decision?
Our show puppies are selected at seven weeks by assessing their structure, confidence, and personality as well as their strengths and weaknesses to the breed standard. We also have a fellow breeder whom we ask to do an independent assessment. We then compare notes and discuss our analyses of the puppies. Oftentimes, we agree 100 percent.

How do we prepare your pups for the show ring?
Our puppies generally travel with us. We try to take them to a local training facility so that they have a structured environment and are around other breeds. This helps with their socialization.

Are Performance and Companion titles important to us as breeders?
Performance and companion titles are important. After retirement, I have been able to concentrate and learn more about training for rally and obedience. We believe it is important to work with the dogs and to achieve various titles. A CCR is a one-stop shopping dog—they hunt, dock dive, run in FastCAT and lure coursing, Canine Good Citizen events, Trick Dog, conformation, etc. We believe these types of training/activities help us to achieve a well-rounded and well-socialized dog.

In our opinion, is our breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern?
The Curly-Coated Retriever is not a very popular breed. However, we find that those who seek out a CCR have done their homework and know what they want. There are enough litters being produced to meet the demand. We love to talk about our breed and showcase them whenever possible.

Do we feel that our breed has a promising future as a family companion?
The CCR makes a perfect family companion in the right home. They love to please. They are active dogs and need structure in their daily life. The majority of our puppies go into family homes as companion dogs.

Do we have any thoughts we’d like to share about the sport of dogs in general?
The Sporting Group is a very large, competitive Group. Judges should judge dogs based on how well that breed specimen meets their breed standard. A CCR is not one of the more popular breeds so, in my opinion, oftentimes a good CCR may be overlooked because judges do not see them every week.

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  • Kathy & Scott Shifflett live in Tracy’s Landing, Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay. Their first show dog, a Curly-Coated Retriever, was purchased in 1997. Kathy & Scott Shifflett bred their first litter in 1998. Kathy & Scott Shifflett's most prominent winners are: BIS CH Kurly Kreek Marshal Dillon Boyerie. He and his litter mate, CH Kurly Kreek Mae West CGC, won BOB and BOS at Westminster Kennel Club before they were two. BIS BISS GCHG Kurly Kreek Hudson Mayhem CGC is another remarkable Kurly Kreek dog with a stellar career. He was Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the 2011 CCRCA National Specialty. After not being shown for several years, “Hudson” returned to live with them. He was #1 CCR All-Systems 2016, 2017 & 2018. He won Best of Breed at the CCRCA National Specialty at the age of 10. He also earned four Owner-Handled BIS awards.

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