The Mystique behind Your Poodle’s Rare Apricot Color

You don’t have to own a precious apricot poodle to know that it’s the most sought-after type to poodle lovers. The apricot poodle has a history that can be traced by to 1898 and there are many reasons why it’s such a popular color.

Let’s look at how the apricot poodle came about and why it’s so popular today. The Mystique Behind Your Poodle's Apricot Color

Apricot is Beautiful

Apricot is a beautiful coloring for a poodle, giving it a unique and warm appearance. Sometimes apricot is mistaken for red or deep cream, and owners can specify the color on their official papers. In some cases, the color will change as the poodle gets older. When this happens, it can be more obvious that the poodle is or isn’t true apricot.

An apricot poodle can have some variations in the color and even some dark spots without being marked as a fault with the AKC breed standards.

Apricot is one of the Last

Depending on who you talk to, you’ll learn that the apricot is the last or one of the last poodle colors to be recorded. Some believe it’s the actual last while some believe red came from it, making it one of the final colors.

The first apricot poodle, named Sowden Yellow Gall, was recorded in 1898, with the first apricot champion poodle being crowned in 1929. It was around this time that the breeding of miniatures became popular as well. As for the poodle’s coat, the apricot color is rare because it’s a recessive gene to every poodle color but white. All other poodle colors were established prior to the apricot color.

We believe apricot is truly a beautiful color and it’s a treasure to own such a poodle. Check out our selection of poodles available or call us at 805-748-2095 to learn what apricot poodles we have available today.

Holiday Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Red Poodle

The holidays are a time when true altruism soars, touching everyone close to us, including our pets. Although we may feel more inclined to indulge our pets in extra holiday helpings of food and beverage, there are certain holiday dishes that we should keep them away from.

Following is a list of foods you should avoid feeding your red poodle around the holiday season.

Beer Holiday Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Red Poodle

Alcohol affects your red poodle’s central nervous system the way it affects humans, except the risks are far more severe when lesser quantities are consumed. When consumed in the faintest amount, a dog can become clumsy and lose coordination. Vomiting, excessive urination, and drowsiness are also symptoms that can cause concern. When left without medical attention, far worse could happen, including slow heart rate, seizure, and death.

Yeast Dough

Bread dough of any kind is extremely damaging to a red poodle’s gastrointestinal tract. Yeast dough, when consumed, will expand inside your dog’s stomach, causing the yeast organisms to multiply. This could lead to breathing problems, and ultimately, a rise in toxic blood alcohol levels, causing fatal, irreversible conditions.

Turkey Bone

Many owners like to spoil their red poodle around the holidays by feeding them the juiciest of ham and turkey portions. Turkey or ham in moderation is fine so as long as your pet does not get a hold of any bones. Bones can splinter once inside the digestion tract, and this could cause damage to their internal organs.


Eggnog is a traditional holiday beverage enjoyed by many, but the dairy contained in the product can cause allergic reactions in your pet, including many digestive issues.

Macadamia Nuts

It is still unknown what exactly causes macadamia toxicity in red poodles. While it is fine for your pet to enjoy other types of nuts, such as peanuts and cashews, macadamia nuts cause vomiting, tremors, and hyperthermia in dogs.

Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles wants your red poodle or teddy bear poodle to be happy and safe this holiday; read some of our tips for caring for your poodle during colder months here!

Origins of the Poodle Clip

The origin of the poodle clip is widely debated, mostly because the name says it all (the word “poodle” is derived from the German word “pudel,” which means “water dog”), but dogs with similar manes which closely resemble the red toy poodle have been bred for centuries.  Origins of the Poodle Clip

The most common course of history traces the poodle haircut into Germany during the late 16th century. As a water breed, poodles were groomed according to their lifestyles. An unshaven poodle was at risk of sinking in the water due to its thick coat. Owners shaved the top halves of their poodles but left the bottom halves unshaven so the dog could float better in water.

Hair was left intact around the chest and joints only to protect the poodle’s organs and prevent injury. Hair around the mouth and eyes was also shaved so that the dog could see while it went about retrieving, and an identifying knot of hair was fashioned on top of the poodle’s head to also keep the hair away from eyes.

When the poodle breed became more popular in France, elaborate styles of cut evolved. Two of these cuts are required of every poodle competing in the Westminster Dog Show to this day. The first cut, the Continental cut, consists of keeping everything covered, with the exception of the hind legs, and the second cut, the English Saddle cut, exempts the trimming of the hind leg hair.

Did you just bring your new red toy poodle home with you and aren’t sure when you should start grooming them? In our previous blog post, we mention at what age you should start grooming your red toy poodle.

Are you ready to adopt a red toy poodle today? Find out what the process entails here.

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