Blue, in my opinion, is the most overlooked color in Standard Poodles. There are so many benefits to having a dog who is blue, it is simply amazing to me why this color is hardly ever selected for, much less sought after.
So what are the pros of a Blue??
1. They are dark enough to not show dirt, but their face is light enough to show up in photos!
2. They generally have much better coat texture than Silvers, who often have cotton like hair that mats when you look at it. This soft hair is NOT ideal for any poodle, but the dilution of a black does cause the hair texture to change. Both Silvers and Blues are dilution of the Black color gene. Blues have only one dilution gene where as Silvers have two (making them lighter than a blue).
I think the main downside of a blue is they often look brownish while growing up. This makes it hard to finish them in AKC conformation, unless you show and finish them young. There is a slight haze to the hair that is muted. It is not a shiny color like a holding black. It is flat and dull, just like a gun, hence the term “Gun Metal Gray”. It usually takes 3 years for a blue’s coat to stop changing and to pass the ‘brownish’ stage, and some darken and lighten for their entire life. You can see the difference during grooming, just like Silvers.
I really like my blues, which is why I tend to keep them for breeding. You can get black, blue, and silver pups from a blue! It is the only color that it is possible to gain all three.