Red Poodles – Origin, Breeding and Color Changes

With so many Poodle colors, many can’t pick a favorite. However, it is a red poodle that is rare, beautiful, and unique. Bringing this color into the Poodle’s genes and being able to create a wonderful and beautiful dog is not easy.

Let’s see how it was done and what you need to know about his dog. Red poodles are rare and are a lost gene.

History of Red Poodle

When it was produced, the puppies usually come from dogs with an apricot line, which can be confusing to many people in fact red is a darker and deeper color.

Although the DNA of Red Poodles is not fully understood, it appears that they are of different genetic makeup, sometimes referred to as “Rufus” genes. This gene can work to make the coat apricot (or sometimes brown).

One thing is clear, which is that red blood cells have no effect on black. Apricot genes are a reward for all poodles except whites.

Red only became an official AKC color in 1980 and now many breeders in Canada have come together to form the Apricot Red Poodle Club. A true red will have black spots. Liver heads are accepted but not in the United States (US). It took a short time to get the amazing red poodles we see today. It was Ilse Konig of Shangri-La Kennel who came up with the idea of breeding the red color scheme.

Breeding of Red Poodle

The experimental study was carried out by breeding a small miniature female apricot poodle into a large red-blooded one with a border at Palmares. The first litter produced four red puppies. They say the color is amazing.

Due to the unusual combination of two poodles of different sizes, this dog has been placed in a type that fits between miniature and standard, called Klein or Moyen, which is a popular poodle breed in Europe.  The biggest pup from each litter was then bred… And that is what allowed the dog to gradually increase in size. After many years of raising and breeding red puppies, a simple red standard pattern could then be developed.

Color of Red Poodle

Red can have many color changes as the dog grows. Sometimes they start out bright red and get lighter over time. Some will be lighter, but in some cases, the Poodle will darken again as it ages. When red is lit, the color usually becomes a cinnamon color. In most cases, they darken significantly and lighten between 1 year and 18 months.

Since color changes can occur during childhood … or during adulthood, it means that the owner of an apricot or tan is surprised if their coat grows and this color is amazing, bright, and rare.

Most Popular Names of Red Poodle

When one does know that they have a red, here are the most popular names that are given:

  • Amber
  • Ambrosia
  • Audrey
  • Blaze
  • Bordeaux
  • Brandy
  • Burgundy
  • Cayenne
  • Cherry
  • Chili
  • Cinnamon
  • Claret
  • Copper
  • Crackle
  • Crimson


So be aware that the Red Poodle can fade because of the color change in this breed. The distinctive color that can be seen in a young puppy will often change over time; although that’s not to say the adult coat wouldn’t be beautiful now on its own.

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