Poodle

Coat colors in Poodles

Just a few dog races offer such various spectrum of coat colors and size variants like poodle. Poodles are divided into four basic size variants in withers:

  • Toy poodle is 24-28 cm high
  • Dwarf poodle is 28-35 cm high
  • Miniatur poodle is 35-45 cm high
  • Standard poodle is between 45-58 cm high.

There are three original poodle coat colors - black, brown and white. Newly, silver and apricot color variants are recognized. These new colors were despised by France (poodles county of origin), nevertheless they were very popular in the rest of the Europe. In DFS Crufts 1966 show an apricot coat color poodle was a winner, although France kept admitting this color variant as a standard. Interesting new colors becomes readily very popular within French breeders and finally new colors were officially accepted as a standard coloring.

Except color variants mentioned above, there are also black-and-tan and Harlequin color variants. Dogs of these colors are presented in dog shows among FCI unaccepted breeds.

Desirable coloring is single colored coat without any conversions to lighter or darker tints. Poodles with black, white or silver coat color have black pigmentation on the nose, lips and around eyes. They have dark claws and also very dark eyes. Brown and apricot poodles have red-brown color of nose, lips and around eyes. Brown poodles have dark colored claws and dark-amber eyes. Apricot poodle can also have dark-amber eyes, but it is undesirable.

Final coat color can be also influenced by color dilution (locus D, I, G). Exact influence of these loci to final coat color has not been clarified yet.

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Genotype

Coat color variant / Nose color

Carrier of colour

EEBB

black / black

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EEBb

black / black

brown

EeBB

black / black

light

EeBb

black / black

light and brown

EEbb

brown / brown

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Eebb

brown / brown

light

eeBB

light (red) / black

-

eeBb

light (red) / black

brown

eebb

light (red) / brown

-

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Examples of coat colors in Poodles:

  • black poodle
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  • silver poodle (black color diluted by "dd" genotype to silver)

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  • brown poodle

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  • white poodle (there is no genetic test for white color available)

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In case of poodle breed, we recommand E,B loci and eventually locus D for examination. All mentioned loci are tested by Genomia laboratory. For detail informations please follow: