Blue Poodles

AKC CH Tintlet Wisecracking Gamble - BRET. Our Blue Standard Poodle boy.

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).

Jazz is a typical Blue puppy. Dark body, slight brown haze, light face.

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.

Here I have the three colors. Flash is BLACK, Cami is SILVER, Levi is SILVER and WHITE, Charm is BLUE. Charm is about 1.5 years old in this photo.

 

Here is Charm at 3 years. Her color has stablized, she is a very nice looking Blue. Lighter than Black, Darker than Silver.

This photo shows Rain (Merlot x Sadie daughter) who is blue, with her litter of pups sired by Flash.

 

This really shows the difference in color. The pups are black, but she is Blue.

Having a litter will often change the color of a blue or silver.  They can go lighter or darker, depending on the dog.  A few months after the pups are placed, the dog’s hair will change back to a more normal color for them.

Jazz (BLUE) next to Lincoln (BLACK).

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.

 

 

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