For many years, the Poodle has been a favorite of dog lovers all around the world. It consistently ranked among the top 10 most popular dog breeds worldwide and held the #1 slot in the United States for an incredible 22 years, from 1960 to 1982. Another dog breed has never broken this record!
So, what is it about Poodles that appeals to people? Is the color of their coat related to their popularity? You might be shocked to learn that while black Poodles appear to be more frequent, they are not necessarily more popular. This is because the gene that causes the black coat is the most prevalent, despite the fact that many people prefer lighter-colored dogs.
In addition, many puppies are registered as black but will not remain that color!
Black dogs might have a difficult time at times. It’s difficult to say why this is the case, although the issue appears to have psychological foundations. Experts refer to a phenomenon known as black dog syndrome, in which individuals appear to have a negative attitude toward our furry friends with black coats, regardless of breed.
This phenomenon may be noticed in rescue facilities and dog shelters, where black dogs make up most of the occupants. According to some experts, this is because humans have evolved a subconscious notion that black dogs are aggressive or difficult to live with due to behavioral issues.
Others argue that a more likely explanation for this disparity is that black dogs don’t show up well in images or maybe partially concealed in their stalls at rescue centers, so people overlook them in favor of dogs with lighter coats. Contrary to popular belief, white Poodles are always the most preferred choice.
Whatever the cause, it’s time to give black dogs, and especially black Poodles, a well-deserved boost.
We’ll look at everything Poodle-related and answer some of the most frequently asked questions, with a concentration on black Poodles.
But first, a little history…
What is a French Poodle?
Doesn’t the Poodle have to be French? After all, it is France’s national dog and is commonly referred to as the French Poodle.
No, it does not!
Although they have been present in France since the 1500s, it is usually assumed that the Poodle breed originated in Germany. In France, they aren’t even called Poodles. Instead, they’re known as Caniche, which translates to “duck dog,” a reference to their employment in duck hunting.
There’s a lot to say about popular culture (particularly cartoons!) has a lot to answer for when it comes to resolving thoughts in our heads. Poodles are frequently depicted as being very French. They wear berets, speak with a French accent, are owned by French people, and there is generally accordion music playing in the background.
Most dog historians believe the Poodle originated in Germany, which is corroborated by its name, which is written Pudel in German. This is derived from the root term Pudeln, which means ‘to splash,’ a reference to its initial purpose in hunting, where they were used to retrieve shot birds from rivers and lakes.
To be fair to the French, they contributed significantly to the development of the breed over a few hundred years, resulting in the magnificent Poodle dogs we see today.
They were raised to be intelligent, athletic, obedient, and friendly. Their coats were meant to keep them warm in the frigid water, and the tufts on their legs allowed them to swim with more strength. To prevent drag in the water, their hindquarters were frequently shaved.
Because of their athletic ability and excellent intellect, they were perfect circus dogs, frequently accompanying clowns in the ring.
Fortunately, times have changed. Hunting has fallen out of favor, and in recent years, people have learned that forcing animals to act for our entertainment is cruel and demeaning. Because of their family-friendly demeanor and athleticism, poodles are now usually kept as pets.
Aside from the Standard Poodle, three other sizes are available: medium, miniature, and toy Poodles. However, in other nations, the medium Poodle is not recognized.
What about the coat, though? Is color really that important? To find out, let’s take a closer look at Poodle coat colors!
What Coat Colors Do Poodles Have?
Initially, three hues were available: black, white, and brown. These were often entirely solid colors, with no extra patches or insignia.
Other solid colors have been added over the years, including:
• Cafe au lait
• Silver beige
Some are more scarce than others, but white remains the most common hue at the moment.
Parti Poodles also have a white base coat with a second color covering at least half of the dog. Because this second color can appear anywhere on the dog, no two Parti Poodles ever look alike.
Unless you intend to display your dog, the color and markings are unimportant. Different colored Poodles can be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), but they are disqualified from dog shows.
In fact, all of these hues are variations and combinations of one another, achieved by the creative use of dominant or recessive genes. Poodle breeders are experts in their field, having developed some striking new colors in recent years.
What Is The Rarest Color Of Poodle?
Apricot Poodles are the rarest, frequently placed against black points, meaning their noses, toes, eye rims, and lips will be black. They also have lovely black eyes, which can be a rich amber color.
Because they exist in a variety of tones, apricot is frequently mistaken for red or even cream. This is unsurprising given that the apricot coat is a faded form of the red coat caused by a recessive gene.
Most apricot Poodles have a pale orange topcoat with a subtle cream undercoat, while each dog may have a distinctive color.
If you have one of these gorgeous dogs, consider yourself lucky! There is just a handful of them in the world, and they always draw attention when they appear at events or on the street.
Apricot Poodles are available in all standard sizes, but you may have to wait if you want one for yourself.
What’s So Great About The Black Poodle?
A black dog’s coat has a unique appearance. It will almost certainly have dark gray skin beneath its dark fur that complements its coat. The black Poodle is a popular and favorite in the show ring (eyes, paw pads, lips, and nose).
True black Poodles retain their color rather than fading. They will not have any more patches or tints and will remain ink-black for the rest of their lives.
Because the black coat ‘clears’ as the dog matures, it might be difficult to predict what color a pup will be when he or she is older. We’ll go through this later in more detail, but just know that blue for now.
Silver and poodles Poodles are born black, but they have developed their real colors by the age of two.
In any case, they are all listed as black at birth! As we saw at the start of this post, this artificially raises the number of black Poodles, creating the impression that they are more popular.
Black Poodles are the same as any other breed in temperament and personality. Some Poodle owners may argue that one hue has better or worse attributes than another. This claim, however, is not supported by scientific research.
Are There Black And White Poodles?
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Yes! They are essentially white dogs with a black coat covering half of their bodies. The Parti Poodle’s coat can be two-toned, black and white.
Because the patches are uneven and irregularly placed around the body, each one is distinct. A Parti Poodle is unquestionably one-of-a-kind!
The most prevalent Poodle colors are solid black and solid white, with various colors being added in recent years. The Parti Poodle, on the other hand, is not a new invention; famous paintings exist that show it to be at least 400 years old!
These two-tone beauties most likely vanished as fashion dictated that solid hues were more desirable. According to rumors, parti-colored puppies were destroyed so that they wouldn’t ‘pollute’ the gene pool.
Thankfully, such immoral, backward thinking is unusual these days, and the Parti Poodle is firmly back in the picture, even if organizations such as the AKC do not accept them in the Poodle breed criteria.
Some Poodle enthusiasts are skeptical that the Parti Poodle is purebred. While other Poodle mixes, such as the Labradoodle, do carry the parti gene, the Parti Poodle is 100% purebred.
So, while you won’t be able to enter them in dog shows (yet! ), you can get a black and white Poodle if you like.
Do Poodles Have Black Skin?
Some do, while others do not. A black Poodle’s skin is normally dark gray, whereas blue Poodles’ skin may have a bluish tint to it.
The problem is that the color of the Poodle’s skin and coat do not always match! A white Poodle’s skin might be pink, silver-gray, or bluish-black. Other Poodles’ skin may be blue/black mottled, or speckled.
The genes that regulate skin pigmentation are distinct from those that influence coat color. Although mottling and spots do not normally disqualify a dog from the show ring, they can have an effect on the overall number of points the dog receives. However, some genuine Poodle fans consider these flaws, wanting to see solid coloration.
Because the coat is cut in a variety of fashions that expose it, poodles often have more flesh visible than other dogs. Obviously, a solid color block looks good neater than speckled skin, but this is essentially a matter of personal opinion and whether or not you intend to submit your dog to the scrutinizing eyes of dog show judges.
One point to consider is that skin that is exposed to sunlight will darken over time. Poodle owners must exercise caution because sunburn is a potential threat. Worse, the dog may be in danger of developing skin cancer.
Black Miniature Poodle
If there’s anything cuter than a conventional black Poodle, it’s a Mini Poodle in the same hue!
Miniature Poodles are range between 10 and 15 inches tall at the withers (shoulders) and weigh between 10 and 15 pounds.
What I like about them because they retain all of the admirable traits of larger canines while being more suited to smaller houses and apartment living. They will also require less feeding, which will help your dog’s food budget.
Black Toy Poodle
As if the Mini Poodle wasn’t little and adorable enough, there’s also the Toy Poodle.
Well, a black Toy Poodle Puppy is one of the most adorable things you’ll ever see. They also have the advantage of being very easy to teach. Their main purpose and goal in life are to be your best friend.
To be considered a ‘toy,’ it must be no taller than 10 inches and weigh no more than 4 to 6 pounds.
Of course, if you want to go even smaller, seek for Teacup Poodle puppies, which are essentially simply shrunken versions of the little.
How Much Is A Black Toy Poodle?
The typical price of a black Toy Poodle is between $1,200 and $2,000. The actual cost will be determined by where you get your puppy and have various options.
You might approach a well-known Poodle breeder, a backyard breeder, or a puppy mill. Obviously, if you care about your dog’s health and well-being, you’ll avoid the last two sources! Reputable breeders often adhere to high ethical standards and will always be transparent and honest about their company.
Amateur breeders who are only interested in making money will cut as many shortcuts as possible to maximize revenues. They are known for providing inadequate housing for their dogs, serving poor-quality food, and neglecting to implement health screening or genetic testing. As a result, undernourished puppies with a variety of health issues are produced.
Keep in mind that reputable breeders frequently lose money on some litters. A single puppy may be pricey, but producing puppies is an expensive business when done correctly!
You can also try to adopt from a shelter or rescue facility, which will be much less expensive. However, you might just have to wait a long time because these puppies rarely make it to rescues and shelters. When they do, they are usually gobbled up quickly.
Black Yorkie Poodle
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These pups simply keep getting prettier and cuter!
If you adore Yorkies, a Yorkie Poo designer breed could be just what you’re looking for. A black Yorkie Poodle is too adorable to say.
All of these little, small, or teacup dogs are ideal for modern living, particularly in urban and residential situations. They are, nevertheless, suitable for a variety of alternative lifestyles due to their modest size and portability.
With the Yorkie and Poodle personalities, you can be certain that they will be charming, obedient, affectionate, and highly devoted.
They are suitable for first-time dog owners and are suitable for children. They’re rather easy to teach, though they, like all little dogs, have a tendency to bark at times.
They range in weight from 3 to 14 pounds and have shoulder heights ranging from 7 to 14 inches.
Finally, they are an excellent choice for allergy patients because of their Poodle DNA!
Can A White Poodle Have Black Puppies?
They certainly can. While it does not appear possible, two white dogs with the dominant black gene can create black offspring.
That’s the exciting thing about genetics: certain genes can remain dormant for generations before resurfacing suddenly.
Two Poodles of the same hue might have a litter of pups of various colors. On the other hand, two black Poodles will never have white puppies.
Can A Black Poodle Have Red Puppies?
It’s conceivable. Red Poodles are a very new addition, having only been recognized by the AKC in 1980.
For long years, the red color was supposed to be related to the apricot coat. However, breeders and other specialists now believe that a distinct gene, known as the Rufus gene, is to blame.
Despite the fact that the gene responsible for black fur is dominant over all others, a black Poodle can be coupled with a red Poodle to produce red puppies. Breeders will occasionally incorporate a black Poodle into a red Poodle breeding program to help maintain the points dark and deepen the red fur even more.
Black Poodle Puppy Turning Silver
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It is common for a black puppy to turn silver. Again, it all comes down to the genes that control coat color and which ones are more prevalent in the parent dogs.
Silver Poodles are exceedingly desirable but extremely difficult to find! Some dogs have the fading gene, which causes the coat color to alter as the dog ages. A black Poodle with this gene may have progressively become blue or silver by the age of two.
This is referred to as coat cleansing, and it can happen to any Poodle.
If you want a true black Poodle, you’ll have to rely on the breeder’s knowledge.
Are Silver Toy Poodles Born Black?
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They are, indeed. The silver Poodle, like blues, will be completely black when born but will gradually fade. It’s a diluted version of the gene that is responsible for the black coat. On the other hand, Silvers have quicker coats that clear, with silvering appearing on their paws and faces as early as six weeks of age.
Because it is a recessive gene, this is another tough hue to breed. You must have two silver parents if you want silver Poodle puppies.
The optimum silver Poodle color is pale platinum, but even experienced breeders find it difficult to accomplish.
Do Poodle Puppies Change Color?
The majority of them do! As previously stated, clearing is common, with dark coats fading and lighter coats darkening.
This is determined by whether the genes are dominant or recessive.
True unbroken color
Poodles with dominant genes will not change color, although their coat may fade due to sunshine exposure. The coat may also get dull with age, particularly if not well cared for.
It can be difficult to predict what color a Poodle will be when it matures, but respectable breeders are typically able to do so based on their knowledge and experience. Look at the points (eyes, lips, paw pads, and nose) to see what color they are and compare them to the parents’ colors.
It’s remarkable that the AKC and other kennel groups allow for such a wide range of coat colors, but many other dog breeds are severely limited in terms of color. The Poodle appears to have been granted special clearance to be as colorful as possible.
This is great news since it means there is a wide variety of lovely Poodle colors to pick from.
Are Brown Poodles Born Black?
No way, brown. Poodles are often born with a dense, dark brown coat. To be sure, some will be so dark as to appear black. They will, however, frequently fade to a range of lighter colors, such as café au lait, cream, or silver beige.
Genuine brown Poodles do not fade and will maintain a deep, rich brown hue for the rest of their life. Their eyes will be dark amber, with liver-colored tips.
The tone will vary with each dog, as it does with other hues. You might have a chocolate-colored dog or a considerably lighter brown dog. Once again, it is their variety that distinguishes them!
Blue Vs. Black Standard Poodle
To be honest, the only difference between the two is the color of their coats. And when they’re puppies, their coats are so identical that most people can’t tell them apart!
The colors blue and silver Poodles both start out with a black coat that fades with time. This normally begins at the age of one year, but it might take up to two years.
At the shoulder, the Standard Poodle must be at least 15 inches tall.
They will weigh between 45 to 70 pounds, putting them in the medium to the giant size range.
Like most other dogs, Males are larger than females, although coat color has little influence on this.
While we’re on the subject of their coat, we should mention the elaborate clipping styles. While they may appear a little outlandish and, in some cases, absurd, many of these styles reflect the dog’s previous function.
They were supposed to dive into chilly water when assisting hunts. The dog’s fuzzy coat was kept thicker around the places that needed to be kept warm, while the shaved portions minimized drag while swimming.
Many Poodle owners nowadays choose a different type, although that coat is still praised for its allergy-friendliness. Again, the color has no effect on the hypoallergenic properties.
In other words, whether it’s blue or black, your Standard Poodle will be the same in every manner. Everything comes down to personal taste.
We have gotten more adventurous in current times, and we anticipate more variety in our lives. This includes the colors, forms, and sizes of our canine companions! So we have Poodles in red, blue, apricot, silver, cream, and coffee. We have two-tone dogs as well, and we haven’t even considered phantom and tuxedo colors! (The latter is self-explanatory since it’s a marking that makes the dog look like it’s wearing a tuxedo, whilst the former is a combination of markings that are similar to but more unique to the parti.)
Nonetheless, we still prefer solid colors, particularly white and black.
We mentioned at the start that we would focus on the black Poodle, and we make no apologies for that, as black canines are sometimes treated unfairly in favor of lighter-colored dogs.
However, it must be stated that all Poodles, regardless of color, are brilliant.
They are intelligent, loyal, amusing, playful, obedient, and affectionate. They get along well with kids and are ideal for folks who have moderate pet allergies.
So, if you’re thinking of having a Poodle, you have a variety of hues to select from. You may get one in silver, cream, or blue, or even in café au lait. However, finding a red or an apricot one may be difficult.
Let’s make black dog syndrome a thing of the past! You could, like most people, settle for a plain old white Poodle. You may also have the magnificent, inky-black dog with lovely dark eyes and a silky coat.