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What Colors Do Standard Poodles Come in?

7 standard poodles standing on the top of a stone wall

Standard poodles are known for their beautiful appearance and it is one of the biggest reasons for their popularity. They come in several different colors and each one of them has its own grace. Read on to know about some of the most common colors of standard poodles.

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Portrait of a black standard poodle

It is one of the most popular coat colors of poodles and is recognized by the AKC. A black poodle must be completely black (without any white or silver hair) and shouldn’t ‘clear’ as it ages. Many pups of this breed are born with black hair, but their coat changes color during the first couple of years. Hence, the poodle might become blue or silver later in his/her life.


Portrait of a grey standard poodle

This color is not as common as some of the other options on the list. However, you are quite likely to find a breeder who can manage a grey poodle for you. Some of the black poodles can change color and become grey at the age of 4-5 years.


Silver standard poodle sitting on a dirt trail

Silver poodles are a little difficult to find because they need two recessive genes. Most of these pups are born black and clear in a year or two to become silver. They are ideal for owners who are interested in getting a show dog. 


White standard poodle standing on the edge of a brick patio

Despite their coat color, these dogs belong to the black hair type. Hence, they will have black noses and nails. They will also have dark-colored eyes that are perfect for complementing their coat color.


Portrait of a brown poodle

Dark amber eyes and liver points are the trademark features of brown poodles. They don’t have any pigment on their body because they are created with the bb gene. Some people confuse these pooches with Cafe Au Lait poodles. However, brown poodles are much darker in color and can be easily distinguished.


Cream colored standard poodle

It is one of the rarest colors of standard poodles. This is because it requires specific breeding and a recessive gene. Therefore, it’s not common to see these pups around. Another reason for their rarity is the inaccurate categorization of cream poodles. A lot of people consider them white or apricot.


Apricot colored standard poodle outdoors

This color is much more recent than some of the other hues on the list. According to Spirit Dog Training, the first apricot poodle was born in 1898. However, it was initially believed to have a liver-colored coat. Later on, these pups were classified as apricot and they have won several awards since then.  


Red standard poodle at the groomers

This is one of the newest colors of standard poodles. It was recognized in 1980 and is quite popular in Canada and the United States. Many breeders are developing this poodle because of its ever-growing popularity (and demand). These dogs usually have black points on their fur.


HEad shot portrait of a blue standard poodle

Most of these poodles are actually not blue. Instead, they are a faded version of black poodles whose color has cleared over time. Their fur stays dark because only one of their parents has a recessive gene.

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