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Poodle Colors, Everything You Need to Know

Poodle Colors, Everything You Need to Know

Learning about Poodle colors is fascinating. And if you are interested, this post is perfect for you. We’ll share what there is to know about Poodle’s different colors. Aside from that, we have here a few tips that can help you maintain your pet’s vibrant hair and healthy skin. 

Solid Colors of Poodles

Poodle Colors Everything You Need to Know

The majority of Poodles have solid colors, wherein the most common is black. But there are more colors seen on this breed. Let us enumerate it below.


apricot poodle

Together with red, these two were the last colors recorded for the breed. Take note that an apricot Poodle can produce a red one. Some of these breeds are extremely light, you might think that they are cream. But the giveaway is their hair because it has a red tint. A genuine apricot Poodle may have black spots on their skin. 


red poodle

They became an official Poodle color in 1980. Since it’s relatively new, breeders in Canada formed the Apricot Red Poodle Club. Remember, red Poodles will have black points.


A brown Poodle should not be confused with Cafe au lait because this is darker. With pure brown Poodles, they have liver points and dark amber eyes. Take note that they do not have any black pigment on their body, even on the nose and the eyes.

Cafe au lait 

Many people are still confused about Cafe au lait and Silver Beige. You should look for liver points and the dark amber eyes. 

Silver Beige 

These Poodles are born brown, and as they grow older, the color turns to a diluted brown. By six weeks, you will see some slight changes. The full transition or changes in appearance will happen when they reach their second year. 


grey poodle

A Poodle can be gray at birth and will remain one for the rest of its life. However, it is also possible for a black Poodle to turn gray once they reach 4 or 5 years.


A silver Poodle is a diluted gray. When a silver Poodle is born, they are color black and will clear when they reach two years. However, you will see the changes as early as six weeks.


blue poodle

This color is not exactly blue but rather a diluted or faded black. When a blue Poodle is born, they start as black and then lighten up as they grow. It could happen within a year but could take place in two years as well. This is the reason why many blue Poodles were initially registered as black.

You will notice that the outer coat is dark black, but when you take a closer look at the roots, you will see a mix of colors. A real blue Poodle will have dark brown eyes and black points. 


black poodle

A genuine black Poodle is exactly what it is – deep ink black. You will never find silver or blue tinting. Plus, there is no white or silver hair. When you shave its head, it will be deep black too. This will not clear nor fade over time. They have black points and dark brown eyes.


white poodle

In most cases, white Poodles are pure snow white. But some breeders consider white Poodles tinted with beige or apricot as a white Poodle. If there’s a bit of black spotting, that’s acceptable.


cream poodle

With cream Poodles, they have black points and a black nose. This is their identifier from cafe au lait and silver beige.

Multi-Colored Poodles 

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When a multi-colored Poodle goes outdoors, it can turn heads for obvious reasons. Many people think that they are a mixed breed. But the truth is, they are not.

Back in the day, Poodles were bred to be more than one color. As the years go by, solid ones are being favored. But like any other trend, multi-colored Poodles are coming back. Check out the variations below. 


parti poodle

This is the most common, not to mention the most popular multi-colored Poodle. The term refers to Poodles with a white base coat and with spots. To become a parti Poodle, it needs to be 50% white.


These Poodles do not have a white base, but they are colored dogs with patches of white. Simply put, they don’t have enough white to be called parti.


For sable Poodle, you will notice that their hair has black tipping. This happens in all coat colors but is commonly found in brown Poodles. This is a dominant gene, but looking for this type of dog can be a challenge.


brindle poodle

These Poodles are quite rare and are a result of two recessive genes. You will notice that they have these tiger stripes on their fur. Some say that even if the DNA of brindle Poodles shows that they are purebred, it is possible that they have been introduced to a different breed beforehand. 


phantom poodle

This has two colors like the parti Poodles. However, its base or primary color doesn’t have to be white. Also, the secondary color should be on specific parts of the Poodle. This includes under its tail, chin, around the eyes or feet.


Ticking is more of a marking instead of an actual coat. These are little spots that can be found all over the dog. 


Like Ticking, this is referred to specific markings on your Poodle. Several parti Poodles may have Tuxedo markings. They have a white throat, chest, stomach, legs, and a colored saddle on their back. Often, you can see it in white with another color. However, you can see this marking in any colored Poodle.

What are the Rare Poodle Colors?

Let us give you a quick list of the least to the rarest Poodle colors today. 

  • Black 
  • Brown 
  • White 
  • Blue
  • Silver 
  • Silver Beige 
  • Cafe au Lait 
  • Sable 
  • Cream 
  • Red 
  • Apricot 

Changes in Color, Poodles 

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For solid-colored Poodle puppies, there are many reasons why their coat will change as they grow older. The term we use when Poodles remain the same color is holding. But if they change colors over time, this means that your Poodles clear.

What is Clear in Poodles?  

When we speak about clear, this means that the coat fades or lightens to become a different color. It doesn’t mean that the entire coat will change. In most cases, it will hold on specific areas like the ears. 

How to Fix Yellowing of Coat? 

It’s not unusual that your Poodle’s hair will become dull or yellow as they get older. There are many reasons for this, including air pollution, sunlight, and the natural aging process. It is a gradual process, and owners might not notice it at first. However, you can fix this issue by using color-enhancing shampoos. Make sure that you use the products specially made for canines.

Some of you might ask, is it ok to use human shampoos for Poodles? In most cases, we do not recommend this. However, if the PH balance is correct, then there should be no worries. Yet again, please consult your vet for their recommendations. 

Why Poodles Turn Gray

When a Poodle has a G locus or a progressive graying gene, their colors fade gradually. This can be seen in blue, black, and brown dogs. Take note that this is not always the case, but it is possible.

You will notice that the change in color will start as early as 2 – 3 months, and will be complete once the Poodle fully matures. For other dogs, the changes could be minimal. 

Can Poodle’s Skin Change? 

Yes. One of the most common reasons is exposure to sunlight, and you could see the changes on your Poodle’s belly. For pink bellies, you may also notice dark spots. You should be concerned if these dark spots or areas are raised. Better take your pet to a professional to have them tested.

Can Colors Affect the Poodle’s Behavior? 

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Some people think that the color of your Poodle can determine their characteristics or behavior. For some, brown Poodles can be naughty while red ones are timid. Take note, though, that these are not scientifically proven and lack basis. 

What can affect your Poodle’s personality are their training, upbringing, and environment. Of course, their genes is a factor as well. As early as possible, train your Poodle and give them the right amount of attention. Take note that they do not enjoy being alone, and that could cause anxiety. Having said that, it’s best that you bring them wherever you go. 

How to Take Care of Your Poodle’s Coat? 

Apart from taking them to groomers every six weeks, using the right products can help maintain your Poodle’s healthy coat. We’ve already mentioned getting shampoos that can retain their colors. Also, you should wipe their eyes regularly, especially for lighter-colored Poodles. This is because they are more prone to having tear stains.

When to be Alarmed? 

As we’ve said, you should be concerned when you see raised spots on your Poodle as this could be a sign of skin cancer. In addition, check if there are no colors or pigments around the ears. In some cases, the lack of color could indicate that your Poodle is deaf.

Can Poodle Colors Affect the Price? 

The color of the Poodle may affect its price. Apparently, the rare ones might cost higher than the standard Poodle colors. But these are not the only factors that can determine the price of your pet. The type of breeder and the pedigree play a critical role too.

Which Poodle Color is Best for You? 

Will you choose the standard poodle colors or the rare ones that are guaranteed to turn heads? This will depend on your personal preference. But quite frankly, the color should be the least of your concern. Whatever the color is, Poodles will have the same attributes. They are known to be one of the most intelligent and loving breeds, and you will not have regrets having this as a pet. 

Where to Get Your Poodles? 

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Wondering where you can get your Poodles? Here are a couple of sources. 

Genuine Breeders

Regardless of your color preference, we recommend getting your Poodle from a reputable breeder. With them, you can already know the real color of your Poodle right away because they are aware of the parents and the bloodline. Also, they breed dogs that are of show quality. It’s not just beautiful on the outside, but you can expect that they have excellent health as well.


You can also find Poodles from dog shelters. While there is no guarantee that the Poodle will be in its tip-top shape, these dogs badly need a loving owner and a brand new home. Plus, this is perfect if you do not have a budget to get a new Poodle. As we all know, it’s an expensive breed to purchase. 

Never get your Poodles from puppy mills, even if they offer the rarest colors. You need to understand that these puppy mills operate for one reason, and that’s to get profit from the dogs. Often, they have the worst living conditions, and they do not think about the welfare of the animals. If you get your Poodle from them, you are indirectly supporting the bad practices.

Conclusion, Poodle Colors 

There are several Poodle colors to choose from, and it is natural that your pet’s color will change over time. Just use the right products to maintain their healthy hair. Also, be on the lookout for abnormalities such as raised dark spots. If you notice odd marks on your Poodle, do not hesitate to visit your vet.

It doesn’t matter what color your Poodle has. They are all high-maintenance, which means you need to have enough funds to take care of them. In addition, you must have time for your Poodles. They need to exercise and spend at least an hour playing. Otherwise, they could be destructive. If you do not have the patience nor the budget, you need to rethink your plans.

Poodles are a great pet, but always evaluate if it is the right one for you. Remember, all dogs deserve the best treatment.

Trent, Miniature Poodle Puppy

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