The poodle is a breed that is elegant, active and proud.

It makes a perfect companion given its high intelligence and trainability.

Poodles have a wide variety of colouration for you to choose from and the phantom poodle is another eye catching variant of the many poodle colors.

The word phantom is another word for a ghost or a spirit. So, why did this beautiful furry poodle get that spooky name?

Got your attention? Great. Let’s get better acquainted with phantom poodles.

Phantom poodle guide
Phantom Poodle Guide

What Is A Phantom Poodle?

A Phantom is no different than a regular poodle pooch. They are a subset of Parti Poodles.

They have a primary colour that is also known as the dominant colour, and the most common primary colour is black.

It is the same breed that we all know and love with those same defining characteristics such as courage, intelligence, agility and high sensitivity.

The word phantom is another word for a ghost or an illusion. But in the case of poodles, it is used to describe the unique colouration of this poodle.

A lot of people wrongly label their phantoms as partis. While we can understand how one could draw similarities between a parti poodle and a phantom, it’s always a good practice as a responsible dog owner not to mislabel your furry companion.

What Does A Phantom Poodle Look Like?

A phantom can be easily mistaken for a parti.

So let us find out what makes a phantom different from a parti poodle.

A parti poodle has patches that are random and can occur anywhere in the dog’s coat. It is like fingerprints are on human, unique and random.

What makes a phantom different from a parti is the fact that a phantom has patches that only occur in specific areas. Those particular areas are:

  • Muzzle
  • Chin
  • Throat
  • Paws
  • Eyebrows
  • & the Butt.

This is the only characteristic that makes a phantom differ from a parti.

Phantom Poodle Size

Phantoms like any othere poodle colour come in four different sizes:

Phantom Poodle Colors

Phantom Poodles come in four different colours. All the phantom poodle colours are beautiful and are sure to turn heads.

Phantom owners have often expressed how people are curious about the unique colouration. It is by no doubt a great conversation starter.

All phantom Poodles are born with their patches, and they do not appear as the dog ages. However, it should be noted that poodles tend to fade colour as they ages.

Phantom Poodle Health Issues

A phantom is ultimately a poodle, and the unique coloration does not bar it from having the same health issues as any other poodle.

If you consider adding a Phantom Poodle to your family, you should be aware of all the possible health issues your pup may be vulnerable to.

Poodles have an average lifespan of about 10 to 13 years and are generally quite healthy and active.

Before picking up a phantom puppy, be very wary of a breeder that has dogs available so soon as reputable breeders typically have a waiting list. Make sure that the breeder does proper health testing.

Falling in love with the cute puppies down at the kennel and wanting to take that pooch back home ASAP – we’ve all been there, but we highly advise you to do your research about reputable breeders.

The last thing you need is to end up with a dog that will have severe health issues in a year because the breeder wanted to make a quick buck and doesn’t care to breed adults with genetic diseases.

Some of the most common health conditions that a poodle is vulnerable to are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloating
  • Addison’s Diseases

Phantom Poodle Health and Care

To keep your poodle healthy and disease-free, there are some standard practices that you can adopt today to get those results.

Safe Poodle Breeding

Step number one is to make sure your poodle is appropriately bred. Poodles, due to their genetics, are vulnerable to drawing a wide variety of health issues.

To avoid those health issues, get your poodle checked before breeding them and do proper research on the breeder.

Another important thing you need to know about is inbreeding.

Inbreeding causes a lot of health issues in dogs, and should generally be avoided.

To put it into basics, inbreeding is terrible because it creates a closed population over time, not allowing any new genes into the gene pool.

It is good because it will enable you to “cement” desirable traits into a dog, whether that be temperament, health, or drive.

General Care

Poodles are generally quite easy to care for, and a phantom shouldn’t be any different.

Taking care of your poodle simply includes practices a dog owner should adapt to give the pet a healthy lifestyle.

Standard practices include visiting the vet regularly and getting health checkups, feeding the dog a portion of protein-rich dog food, controlling exposure to the sun, brushing the coat periodically, and bathing the dog regularly.

How Much Does A Phantom Poodle Cost?

Phantom Poodle puppies are very cute! They may be one reason why people like phantom poodles so much.

Due to its unique color, buying a phantom poodle won’t be cheap.

Phantom poodles a breeder will charge you around $1000 to upwards of $2000.

An important fact you might want to know is that a phantom poodle is not accepted in the AKC Conformation Ring.

Since a phantom poodle is an expensive dog you may want to get dog insurance in case something happens.

Poodles are vulnerable to a lot of risk factors, so it is always better to have pet insurance.

Phantom Poodle Puppies

Getting your hands on Phantom Poodle puppies may seem easy, but you’ll want to make sure you follow the proper procedure.

If you get your pup from a reputable breeder, it will not only ensure bred quality but will also provide a healthy and disease-free pooch.

Phantom poodle puppy
Phantom Poodle Puppy

Proper socializing means your puppy can be exposed to lots of different stimuli and remain engaged with you while being able to interact politely when permitted. So taking your phantom pup outside to practice calmly observing people and other dogs walk by is a great start, and it’s also free.

Make sure to get your pup all the vaccination shots according to their vaccination schedule, if you ignore the vaccination schedule you might have to begin a new vaccination schedule and get your puppy revaccinated.

Another essential practice is to feed your puppy right. Puppies will eat as much as you give them usually, so it’s up to you as a responsible dog parent to control portions.

Those portions are going to vary based on the brand you feed, so we recommend the bags feeding chart and go according to that. Until six months, you don’t need to be precise as your pup’s metabolism is so fast. As long as it’s not table scraps or wet food, dry food, you can go up and down and not be too concerned.

Phantom Poodle Name Ideas

Phantom Poodle has a rare coat color, which makes it kind of necessary not to have a common name. Here are some ideas inspired by their unique looking coat color!

  • Larry Hotdogs
  • Remy
  • Rainies
  • Wilsonette
  • Penny
  • Gunner
  • Midna
  • Ramon
  • Miso
  • Levon
  • Pierre

You can either choose from one of the names provide above or come up with something of your own.

Don’t forget to let us know what you name your phantom poodle.

We would love to hear from you and might add your dog’s name to our list!

We’d love to Hear From You!

Let’s face it. Phantom Poodles are sure to turn heads due to their beautiful coat coloration. So, if you love a dog that’s got the beauty, brains, and a gorgeous coat color, then the phantom pooch is the one for you.

We hope you have enjoyed this roundup of phantom poodles.

We would love to know what about the Phantom Poodles caught your attention. So, be sure to let us know in the comments down below.

References And Resources For Further Reading

J. A. Kerns, et al., Exclusion of Melanocortin-1 Receptor (Mc1r) and Agouti as Candidates for Dominant Black in Dogs, Journal of Heredity.

S. M. Schmutz, T. G. Berryere, Genes Affecting Coat Colour and Pattern in Domestic Dogs: A Review, Animal Genetics,

Lynn Buzhardt, DVM, Genetics Basics – Coat Color Genetics in Dogs, VCA Hospitals.

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