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Red Poodle: Everything You Might Be Curious About!

Poodles are a fantastic breed that comes in a variety of colors, including red! Red Poodles are a variation from the popular Apricot-colored Poodle.

But what makes Red Poodles different, and what gives them their unique color? 

Can Poodle Breeds Be Red?

Yes, Poodles can be red! The Red Poodle is one of the newest breed variation colors, officially becoming a Poodle color in 1980. Ilse Konig was the first to develop the beautiful color on an apricot female Miniature Poodle crossed with a Standard Poodle. After further selective and experimental breeding, breeders developed Red Poodles of all official sizes. 

Red Poodles are carriers of the Rufus gene, which changes the color of the standard apricot coat. Experts claim the red color comes from the recessive gene, which leads to the typical apricot or brownish shade to darken. Currently, researchers are still studying Red Poodles’ DNA to learn more about the Rufus gene.

While they might look different, Red Poodles have a similar look and characteristics compared to other colors, with just a dash of rarity!

This color variety on Poodles isn’t common and considered rare, which is why more and more people love them. They can be light red, which is a new copper color, to dark auburn.

Often, Red Poodle puppies are already born red, changing to a lighter shade after six weeks. Once they hit ten weeks old, you’ll notice a dark red line beside the skin, which indicates that a whole new coat color will grow. Your dog can experience various color changes may it be from dark to light or vice versa.

Because coat colors are individual, it’s impossible to predict the final red color shade a mature puppy will have. That said, it’s common for the red Poodle’s coat to lighten as they grow older. Not to worry, your Poodle will still look fantastic with his faded coat!

Sometimes, Apricot and Tan Poodles may grow into a darker shade, turning red. But usually, their coat either lightens or fades due to genetics and other environmental factors.

What Poodle Color is the Smartest?

There’s been debate on whether a coat color would affect the overall characteristics and temperament. For instance, people say that black dogs suffer from black dog syndrome. Furthermore, people think black dogs show more aggression or behavioral issues.

However, experts disagree with the syndrome, saying it’s only a stereotype as there isn’t much concrete evidence to support such claims.

Some people also claim that Red Poodles go crazy. That’s not true at all!

Red Poodles are just as smart and as sweet as other Poodles. There is no ‘smartest Poodle color,’ as this intelligent breed shares the same temperament regardless of the base color. They have exceptional learning ability, wonderful swimming ability, leading an active life that suits many families and households. 

Provided your dog has proper training, exercise, and lots of love, he will be healthy and curb negative behaviors.

Coat colors have no impact on any dog breed’s temperament and personality. All Poodles, including red ones, are affectionate, enjoy socializing, and want to receive love.

A factor that may contribute to the ‘crazy red Poodle’ stereotype is unethical breeding methods. Inbreeding or unsafe breeding environments (like puppy mills or backyard breeders) can result in puppies with poor health and developmental issues. Because of inhumane breeders, people would see Red Poodles poorly.

Coat Grooming Red Poodles

You will need to groom your Poodle regularly to keep their coat free from tangles and mats. Red Poodles don’t show tear stains or dirt as quickly as those with lighter-colored coats. However, you will still need to bathe and groom your Poodle every 4-6 weeks, using high-quality dog shampoo and a dog brush. 

All Poodles are considered hypoallergenic dogs that shed less but still require brushing at least every other day. To lessen the frequency of coat grooming, you can have your Poodle’s coat trimmed shorter.

How Long Do Red Poodles Live

Just like other Poodles, Red Poodles can live for up to 12-15 years. Usually, female Poodles would live 1-2 years longer than males.

As for health issues, while there’s no proof that coat color affects temperament, studies are indicating how it directly links to overall health.

For instance, dogs with lighter-colored coats are more prone to congenital deafness, among other genetic issues.

As for the Rufus gene, scientists are still studying its link with Poodle health. But there’s one less thing to worry about: Rufus genes have no connection with merle genes associated with deafness or other congenital disabilities.

Similar to other Poodles, Red Poodles are at risk of their parents’ same genetic health issues. That’s why it’s essential to learn about the puppy’s parents and receive a health clearance to prepare for any risks or conditions.

Poodles may be prone to hip dysplasia, a common Poodle disease that affects their joints. 

How Much are Red Poodles?

Breeders take advantage of how rare the color is, thus driving up prices of Red Poodles.

Standard Red Poodles can set you back $800-$1,500. Miniature and Toy Poodles are pricier, costing $1,000-$2,000! On the higher end, you can find red Poodles costing between $2,500-$5,000.

The latter is more expensive because they produce a smaller litter compared to Standard Poodles. Miniature and Toy Poodles give birth to three puppies, while Standard versions can give birth to five or six puppies. Furthermore, the Toy Poodle is more popular nowadays, so the higher demand equals a higher price!

Other factors make Red Poodles more expensive, such as the breeder’s reputation, location, the puppy’s lineage, and whether the dogs are purebred.

If you plan on purchasing a Red Poodle puppy, make sure that you choose a reputable breeder. They will screen their puppies for any health issues and show you the test results to know what puppy to get.

Alternatively, you can opt for adoption. However, it might be a long search, as rarely can one find Red Poodles in shelters or adoption centers. It’s worth a shot, though, and you can begin your search in local animal shelters or online.

Just like purchasing from a breeder, make sure that the dog you adopt goes through these health tests:

  • Patella Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation