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Poodles are a fascinating breed that are cherished by people all over the world for their striking looks and agility. But, what makes a black poodle different from the rest of the pack?

Black poodles are the same poodle breed you know and love, not much changes except for their coat coloration.

Poodles come in an amazing variety of color and color patterns but only two stand out the most. Black Poodles and White Poodles.

Of all the different colors available to a poodle, black poodles are the most visually appealing.

Now you may have a few questions.

Does this poodle color affect the poodle’s behavior?

Does the coat color have to do anything with the dog’s temper, trainability, and overall health?

All this and more in this focused article about Black Poodles.

So, let’s get started!

Black Poodle Guide
Black Poodle Guide -Poodlego (via Pinterest)

What Is A Black Poodle?

A black poodle is one of the many color variations of the poodle family.

This Breed has a wide variety of coloration. Even though there are so many poodle colors only two are widely recognized, they are white and black.

What is a black poodle
What is a black poodle

Out of those two, black poodles are more famous than the white poodles. This can be verified with the graphical data provided below.

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Search Interest Comparison of Black and White Poodle (Via Google Trends Search)

This data comes straight from Google and shows the popularity of a search term over a period of time, in this case, we have set the time range from 2004 – present (2020) and the location to worldwide.

Taking a look at this data, one can clearly see that Black poodles have always been the color that is dominant throughout the years in popularity.

We think this information alone should be able to convince how popular and widely adored black poodles are.

Why Are There So Many Poodle Colors?

Ever wondered why there are so many poodle colors?

To answer this question we take a look at the detailed research done by Dr. Lynn Buzhardt.

To put it, in short, it all depends upon genetics as well as the careful and controlled breeding over time. A dog’s genetics is responsible for the dog’s coat in two different ways. They control the pigment production that is responsible for the color production and secondly it decides where those same pigments will be produced.

Buzhardt, L. (n.d.). Genetics Basics – Coat Color Genetics in Dogs. Retrieved January 20, 2020

How Big Can A Black Poodle Get?

To guess how big a poodle will get, you must take a look at the parents to get a better idea.

The general rule is that males are larger, So, if you are on the look for a larger poodle then go for the male.

The answer to this question also varies quite a bit, especially for poodles.

The sole reason being the fact that poodles come in a variety of sizes from teacup poodles to the standard poodles.

The weight and height of a black poodle also differ from male to female. 

Black Poodle Height & Weight Across Different Size Categories:

Black Poodle Size CategoryBlack Poodle Height Range (in Inches)Black Poodle Weight Range (in pounds)
Standard Black Poodle20 and 23 inches45 and 80 pounds
Klein (Moyen) Poodle15 and 20 inches40 to 50 pounds
Miniature Black Poodle11 to 15 inches14 to 18 pounds
Toy Black Poodle8 to 10 inches6 and 9 pounds
Teacup Black PoodleNo Clear Size Guidelines5 to 7 pounds

What Does A Black Poodle Look Like?

A black poodle that is well-bred is sure to stop traffic.

To earn the title of Black Poodle the dog must have a coat that is pitch black with no hints of blue, white or grey. Their eyes should have black points and be dark brown in color.

Dog Kennels such as AKC, CKC, UKC, have set the standards for showing a black poodle to be absolutely black with no patches or white spots.

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Halloween of Montfleuri – A Black Female Poodle

The exquisite black female poodle dog displayed in the image above goes by the name Halloween of Montfleuri, at fourteen months of age.

Halloween at this time was already winner of ten first prizes, seven times Best Puppy, two Challenge Certificates, four Reserve Challenge Certificates, and Senior Warrant from the only ten shows at which she had been exhibited.

She is one of the many magnificent Montfleuri black Miniatures of Mrs. N. Howard Price, Cowden, Kent, England.

A Black Poodle Such as Halloween is the standard for black poodles that has to be met in order to earn the title. There should be no hints of a different color in the fur at all.

There are quite a lot of black poodles throughout the ages that have dominated the shows for years by winning multiple awards and certificates because of their remarkable features and coat.

Grooming and General Care of Your Black Poodle

Caring for your black poodle is fairly straightforward and simple. People often get intimated when they see all the fancy poodle haircuts, but there is absolutely no reason for you to be afraid.

You can take care of your poodle the same as you would with any other dog breed.

Grooming and General Care for Black Poodle
Grooming and General Care for Black Poodle (Via Pinterest)

  Some key points to takeaway: 

  • Feed your poodle with a portion of protein-rich dog food. This will help keep your dog healthy and full of energy.
  • Make sure you brush your dog’s coat every single day to remove any dead hair follicles and to maintain the coat’s shine. Make sure you use a brush with soft bristles so you don’t hurt your pet’s skin.
  • Bathe your black poodle every week to remove any dirt particles and ensure a healthy coat. Learn how to give your poodle a bath.
  • Pet visits are a must, so keep in mind to take your dog at least once every month.

Black Poodle Puppies

Black puppies are absolutely gorgeous, with their pitch-black coat and dark brown eyes.

Black Poodle are so popular that you will not have any difficulty finding a puppy.

A number of adorable black poodle puppies, like this one right here, are born every single year.

Black Poodle Puppy
Black Poodle Puppy

It is possible for a litter bred from a different colored poodle to produce at least black puppies due to the dominant gene for a black coat.

Can a black poodle have white puppies?

Black is the most basic and dominant color across all dog breeds. A black colored poodle, when bred with any other colored poodle, will always produce black puppies.

So the answer is NO. It is not possible for a black poodle to have white puppies. However, the contrary is true, a white poodle can have black babies.

How to Find a Healthy Black Poodle Puppy?

Getting a black poodle should not be much of a problem since it is a color that is the most popular amongst poodle.

However, you should refrain from visiting a pet store and getting the dog without any research.

Buying A Black Poodle From A Breeder

Most of the time a good breeder will match the puppy with the owner rather than have the buyer make the decision. A well-experienced can correctly judge the personality, temperament, and features of the dog and hence make a better match than the buyer.

Getting a dog from a breeder is a lot about trust. You should do a bit of research about the breeder and its reputation before you go out and get a black poodle from a breeder.

Bear in mind a black poodle from a breeder might be quite expensive and can sometimes be in the range of $500 – $4000 and above.

Getting a poodle is long time commitment so we highly advise you to get a pet insurance.

The first thing you should ask yourself is can you trust the breeder?

if the answer is Yes, then you should proceed with the purchase.

If the answer is no or maybe then you should consider other options or maybe do a bit more research on the breeder.

Adopting A Black Poodle

The first thing you should ask yourself is can you trust the breeder?

if the answer is Yes, then you should proceed with the purchase.

If the answer is no or maybe then you should consider other options or maybe do a bit more research on the breeder.

Rescuing, Rehoming or Adopting A Black Poodle

Rescuing, rehoming or adopting a black poodle may seem like a really good idea at first but it is advised you gather all the information you can before making such a decision.

Depending on how much poodle genes the dog has, you may have to brush pretty regularly and keep up on the grooming.

Poodles are eager to please, which usually makes them easy to train this may also depend on what other breeds are in the mix.

We have had poodles in our office for a long time now and I think they’re a wonderful breed.

But, just like with any other dog breed, it’s all about how you train them.

What Is Black Dog Syndrome?

Black Dog Syndrome refers to the common misbelief among people that somehow black colored dogs are more aggressive than any other colored dog.

What is black dog syndrome
What is black dog syndrome? (Via Pinterest)

This mainly has been fueled mainly by News Media, Movies and TV Series, by associating black dogs whenever they wish to instill fear in people.

Due to this misconception, black poodles are less likely to be adopted in shelters.

The truth is, each puppy has its own personality and temperament regardless of color. How you actually train the puppy is also a big factor.

Are the Black Poodle’s Personality and Temperament Any Different From The Other Colored poodles?

The Black Poodle is ultimately a poodle and therefore has the same health concerns and life span as any other colored poodle.

This implies that on average a healthy Black Poodle will live 12 – 15 years. The life span is also dependent on the size of the poodle.

A black Poodle can be vulnerable to the same health concerns as any other colored poodle, some of the most common diseases are listed below:

  • Addison’s disease (or hypoadrenocorticism)
  • Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism)
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Luxating patella
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes

The best practice to avoid these diseases is to get regular health check-ups, watch out for obesity, get proper exercise and training.

How To Breed Black Poodles?

Getting a consistent pitch-black coat on a poodle is not as easy as it may seem.

Just putting two black poodles together and hope for the best doesn’t always work.

The proper way to breed a black poodle is to breed a black poodle with another black poodle having a proper and consistent jet black coat. 

Breeding a black poodle with a poodle having traces of different colors on its coat may produce a poodle with traces of other colored hair.

A true black poodle should not lose its color in the sun.

Fading in poodles occur more often in standard and miniature poodle as breeders find it difficult to obtain a pure black poodle upon crossing.

Why Is My Black Poodle Fading?

Poodles have two different coats on them, an outer coat and an inner coat.

A true black poodle has a jet black inner coat and an outer coat that does not have any hints of blue or grey guard hairs.

In a research done on 50 Poodles the following data was obtained:

  1. 70% of the black poodles had a black inner coat.
  2. 63.7% of the black poodles are bound to experience graying of their coat over time.

Can a black poodle turn brown?

Yes, it is possible for a poodle to turn black from brown. Many poodle owners have been expressing this concern and in most cases, it is due to sun bleaching.

Dog grooming experts have reportedly said that it’s normal and happens to most poodles. Some get lucky and don’t fade.

To avoid fading make sure you keep an eye out and control the sun exposure as too much is not good for your dog and might even cause burns.

For some black poodles, the color fades as they age from black to charcoal gray (called “blue”) to a light gray (called “silver”). The theory is that there is a fading gene, and if the dog inherits no alleles, it stays black; if it inherits one copy of the fading allele, it will fade to blue, usually seen in the first few months; if it inherits two fading alleles, it will fade to silver, which takes longer. There’s a similar progression for brown poodles: from brown, to cafe au lait, to silver brown. And a slightly different progression on the red gene: red, apricot, cream, white.

Puppies often have brown highlights on their coat showing they are blue, not black.

Why is my black poodle turning grey?

Poodles can come in what is commonly referred to as fading colors. They can fade very quickly and completely (like a silver) or over the first couple of years of their lifeless completely (blue).

You may have what’s called a silver beige. It all depends on whether they carry those fading genes

Most black poodles (63.7% – according to research) turn grey as they mature. This usually happens due to two reasons.

  1. The poodle was not bred properly.
  2. Loss of pigmentation in the skin which results in the loss of color.

Is My Poodle Black Or Blue?

Blue Poodles have been often mistaken for a black poodle.

Many breeders cannot figure out if a poodle is black or blue upon birth. This is the reason why a lot of blue poodles have been registered as black.

Only after a dog grows up one realizes that it’s not black. People, due to lack of awareness think their blue poodle is just a black that does not have a good coat or is unhealthy.

The misidentification is somewhat justified as a blue poodle upon birth is black, so unless the breeder or the individual is quite experienced, they won’t be able to correctly identify the color.

To identify a black poodle puppy one must analyze its coat and look for a raven black color.

Make sure to perform the analysis in proper lighting to avoid misidentification.

What Is A Tuxedo Poodle?

Tuxedo poodles get their name from their unique Tuxedo-Suit like pattern. Tuxedo Poodles are a type of Parti Poodle.

Some people also like to refer to tuxedo poodles as black poodles with a white chest.

What are tuxedo poodles
What are tuxedo poodles? (Via Pinterest)

Identifying a tuxedo poodle is fairly easy. There is a distinct white coloration all the way from the neck to the throat all the way down to the chest extending to the abdomen and the underside of the tail.

On top of the white coloration is another color which is referred to as ‘blanket’ or ‘saddle’. The saddle can be of any color however the white is consistent.

The white coloration should be consistent and not broken at ay point for the poodle to be considered a tuxedo.

Black is the most common color for the saddle in tuxedo poodles as red & white or blue & white poodles are rare.

The boundaries or the separation between the saddle and the shite should be crisp and clear, blending/fading white into the saddles are not preferred.

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