Red Poodles

With all the colors available in Poodles it could be hard to choose your puppy.  However, it is the red Poodle that is so very rare, so stunning and so special!

The DNA of is still being researched in an attempt to better understand the “Rufus” gene of red poodles.  It does appear that it is a completely separate gene than the other poodle colors.

Red Poodles are the newest color developed, it only became an official color in 1980.  A red poodle will have black points, nose, gums, under paws and very dark eyes.  Liver points are acceptable, but not preferred in red poodles.

Red poodles are a stunningly beautiful color, one that is very close to the color of humans with natural red hair.  Poodles come in the light red (new copper color) to the darkest of any human with dark auburn hair.

Ilse Konig was the first person who developed the red color of poodles.    It was first developed on the Standard Poodle, then crossed with an Apricot female miniature Poodle.  After many years of selective breeding, we now have Red Poodles in all the poodle sizes.  While developing the red color, it was imperative to breed for all the qualities of a well-bred poodle, which includes temperament, health, conformation, and beauty.   Missing any one of these characteristics the red poodles would not be complete!

Typically, red poodle puppies are born quite red, then, when they are about 6 weeks old, their coats will turn less red.  Then at about 10 weeks, you can see a definite dark red line next to the skin where the new coat color is coming in.  It is thrilling to see this in a red poodle puppy.

The Red Poodle can go through many changes in its’ red color, from lighter to darker to lighter than to darker again.  Each dogs’ red color is an individual as well as their personalities, just like humans! Their mature red color changes cannot be predicted by the color of the puppy.  Some dark apricot poodles will stay a brighter color than the red poodles.

The Poodle breed is a breed that does change color, as do some other breeds.  Do be aware that red poodles can fade, it is common for these breeds to lighten up as they age.   Each dog is an individual and will change.  This is not to say that the mature red coat will not be gorgeous in its own right.

Red Poodles, and poodles in general, tend to lead lively energetic lives.  A poodles’ intelligence lends them to being playful and enjoying being stimulated with games, and human interaction.  Red poodles are extremely loyal companions, making them ideal pets.   They love to learn tricks and will perform for audiences of enthusiastic onlookers and their red color stands out above the rest!

A poodles’ hair can be cut into a natural shaggy look called a “TEDDY BEAR” cut that is extremely popular today.  Most designer dogs have one thing in common:  they are crossed with a Poodle.  There is a very good reason for that, the Poodle cross brings up the intelligence and ability to train.  It also gives the cross a “Teddy Bear” look, which, of course, originates with the Poodle.  Crosses also get some of the benefits of the hypoallergenic qualities of the Poodle, and less shedding.

Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles is located 1/2 way between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the California coast, which is easy driving distance from either area.

If you live afar, we can safely ship your red poodle puppy to the closest major jet port.

For more information on red poodles you can go to the AKC website, at and look up Poodles first, then the Breed Standard.

Thank you for your interest in a red poodle from Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles.  If you would like to move forward with reserving one of our red poodle puppies, or any of our puppies, then please search our available poodles, find one you are interested in and then submit your application!