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.



  • Mary Austin - I am confused.. I had two blues, sire and dam that produced three black two brown two cream, two apricot red…I love the blues!ReplyCancel

    • Becky - Blues are simply faded blacks. Two blues absolutely can produce black puppies, 25% chance with each puppy produced. Both brown and red/cream/white are recessive (hide within) to the Black / Blue / Silver colored dogs. A black / blue / silver can carry every single color or pattern available, to include parti and phantom. You can look at pedigrees or do an DNA test for color. You have to test brown, red, and parti separately, as they are found on different genes. There is no reliable test yet for phantom.ReplyCancel

    • Becky - The big question is was the nose pigment on your creams / reds black or brown? If they had brown pigment they do not carry the black gene. Brown is totally recessive to black and if brown pigment is showing, genetically they are brown, but the red / apricot / white is covering the brown and only showing the pigment. That is why brown breeders do not breed to anything other than blacks. Most red breeders do not want brown pigment in their line, because the whites look really unhealthy with brown pigment. It doens’t hurt them, but they just look funny / sickly and it is a fault in the breed standard. You will never get a black dog with brown pigment, so the black breeders are ok with adding in the browns.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Most colors in Poodles can be faded. So with blacks you have the blues and silvers. With brown you have the cafe’s and silver beige (like a silver brown), with reds/apricots you have the apricots then cream then white being the most faded apricot you can get. Parti and phantom are simply patterns. Their colors are control by the above genes and the dog is either base black, brown, or apricot/red then if they have the fading genes… they are lighter shades of their base color.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Thanks for the photos! Your dogs are beautiful! I have a question about my black female. She is 3 and has started showing brown around her bottom and eyes. Her mom was a Cadbury brown and her dad was black. She also has some white hairs here and there on her back. Does this make her a blue? Or from your earlier reply to another owner, a brown?ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Brewster - Thinking of breeding my blue min to a blue.
    She is out of white and silver, black white silver and apricot are in her pedigree.
    The stud dog is out of a black and a blue and as far as I can tell black dominant in ancestry.
    Does the black dominance mean chances are I will only get black or blue?ReplyCancel

  • John Anacker - Great looking dogs. I have a six month old puppy with seemingly black hair. The hair around her muzzle has started to fade to a charcoal gray and around the lips is a wisp of brown. The most interesting thing though, is that a fringe of very light gray hair has appeared along the back of her ear flaps. I understand that neither of her parents were grey’s. Do I have a Blue? Thank you.ReplyCancel

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