The Wonderful World of Paris Poodle Colors!
|Remember, some puppies do not show their adult coloring right away, the coat color clears
and resolves as they mature.
Black Standard will get grey
hairs mixed throughout its
coat as it gets older.
Black is still the most common
color in the Standard Poodle.
Black is the dominant color in
the Standard Poodle.
The darkest of the grays, often with
a blue cast.
Blues are most often born as blacks
and lighten slightly by the time they
are 8 weeks old. It can take several
years for the full blue color to clear
itself. When the pup is young a blue
can often appear to have a brownish
undertone to its coat.
The lighter of the grays, definitely distinct
The silvers are also born black and by 8
weeks are also showing very grey faces and
feet. It is from the face and feet that the
silvering appears to move up into the body.
Almost white, enhanced with a pinkish beige
tint giving warmth
Creams are often times apricots that fade but
don't quite clear to white.
We have heard Cream referred to as
Creams and White are genetically different!
Creams are, genetically, light apricots!!!
A dazzling, sparkling, brilliant
white -- when clean!
Most whites begin life as light
creams but their face and feet
quickly fade into white.
White is the second most
common color in the Standard
The name says it all, just the color of a
ripe one. This color is very similar to the
Golden Retriever Coloring.
Apricots most often have darker ears
than the rest of their body. Some
breeders are falsely selling Apricots as
Apricots are a very beautiful warm color
and are becoming increasingly popular!
Like dark chocolate - rich, solid
Many browns fade into brown beige or Cafe au Lait color.
ALL brown Standards have brown noses.
Browns will NEVER have black noses.
Browns can sometimes have lighter color eyes. The
lighter eyes may appear to be green when the pup is
young but usually clear to an amber color. Some people
find these amber eyes to be very striking others find it
disturbing. Regardless the lighter eyes are certainly
Deep and rich, a clear red very distinctly different from apricot. Some pups who start off as Red can
fade into a dark apricot or even in some instances a light apricot with dark shading around the eyes and
Although the Red color has existed in the Miniature and Toy Poodle for quite some time, the Red color
is very new to the Standard Poodle.
Red was introduced into the Standard Poodle by a breeder in Oregon, Palmares Kennels, and Shangri-
La in New York. These two breeders bred a small english apricot Standard female with an over-sized
red Miniature The first litter had 4 red babies. The color was a perfect red but the problem came
later on. The heads were Standard Poodles, the legs short like Miniature Poodles. It took many years of
selective breeding to get the correct proportions, size and temperament of the Standard Poodle.
When looking for a RED Standard Poodle it is imperative to ask for the pedigree of the parents to see
that the dogs go back to either Palmares or Shangri-La. If NEITHER kennel name is in the pedigree
then it is likely NOT a red but an apricot.
Due to the increased popularity in the REDS many back-yard breeders are selling Apricot pups as REDS.
A red poodle will usually lighten in tone between their second and third birthday.
What is the difference between Brown and Red?
- Genetically they are completely different! Red in poodles
is a recessive to black and brown. A red dog means the
dog is unable to produce eumelanin (except in its nose
and eyes), and can only produce phaeomelanin, so its coat
is red all over (except for any white markings).
- Mocha on the left is Brown (brown nose-cannot have a
black nose as browns always have brown noses!)
- Horatio on the right is Red (Black nose- Reds can have
pink or black noses!)
They both wanted to go
for a car ride so they both
got into the same small
crate! Funny dogs!
The best are deepest, glossy jet black and
Blues DO NOT carry for all colors genetically speaking. They are a dilute like silver.
Blues do not dilute or cause apricots or reds to fade.
Black (B) and Brown (b) are types of
eumelanin pigment. Eumelanin, controlled by
the B locus, is responsible for producing
and packaging the melanin into the
melanosome. Both the “B” and “b” alleles
will produce eumelanin that contribute to
pigmentation, but the dominant allele “B” is
more efficient and packs more melanin into
each melanosome, producing a black dog.
The less efficient recessive allele “b” is responsible for brown colouration when the individual
is homozygous recessive at the B locus. (Davol, 1999 and Hales, 2007)
This is why it is NOT possible for a brown dog to have a black nose or black lips... or ANY
black on their body!
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Our daughter is a brilliant red head. Our reds poodles range
from the very dark puppies who match her hair... to the lighter
red like the one left. When the hair of a red dog is very short
the white skin shows through making the dog appear lighter.
We do NOT 'photo-shop' our photos to alter their color!!!