Apricot Poodle – All The Facts About This Rare Coat Color

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Apricot Poodle
Apricot Poodle

Apricot Poodles are unique and lovely. While few owners of this breed have the pleasure of adding one to their family given their rarity, they are a popular show prize in the dog world.

Apricot poodles are the rarest of all the various poodle coat colors available. They are available in three different sizes, toy, miniature, and standard. These poodles have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years and make excellent companions.

Whether you’re considering getting one for yourself or just want to know more about apricot poodles in general, this is the place for you.

Apricot Poodle

What Does an Apricot Poodle Look Like?

Apricot Poodles are the rarest of all the various poodle coat colors available. If you have an apricot poodle then you are one lucky dog owner.

They fall into the rare coat colors category due to the fact there is not a whole lot of them around.

Apricot is a beautiful light orange poodle color with a lighter and faint cream undercoat. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes apricot as one of the Poodle coat colors, but it’s very uncommon to find that color.

Like all poodle colors, apricot poodles are available in three different sizes; Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The Standard Apricot Poodle is the tallest of the three, with a height that ranges from 45 to 60 cm.

The smallest of the three is the Toy Apricot Poodle variant with heights ranging from 24 to 48 cm.

Miniature Apricot Poodles sit comfortably in the mid between the Standard and Toy variant with heights ranging from 28 to 35 centimeters.

Poodles typically live between 12 and 15 years, but the size of the poodles plays a role in how long they live.

Standard poodles live for anywhere between 11 and 13 years, miniature poodles last between 14 and 16 years, and toy poodles live for anywhere between 14 and 16 years.

How Much Do Apricot Poodles Cost?

Apricot poodle prices are typically going to vary based on a few different factors. The factors you should keep in mind depend upon whether you’re looking at adopting or purchasing a dog.

Either way, you’ll want to consider what it costs to feed the dog and how much the unique type of grooming will be. That can be the deciding factor in choosing an apricot poodle versus another type of breed.

Additionally, whether you choose to make the purchase from a breeder or adopt from an animal shelter could make all the difference as well.

But when all is said and done, you could expect somewhere in the ballpark of $600 to $4,000 and more, depending upon the circumstances.

The cost varies on several factors such as the size of the poodle (toy, miniature or standard) and the reputation of the breeder. Toy apricot poodles cost less than standard apricot poodles.

Usually, I try my best to show potential poodle parents the benefits of adopting a dog but, in all honesty, finding an apricot poodle to adopt can be quite a search.

However, if you do decide to accept a new poodle in your home, adopting one is a great option.

How To Get An Apricot Poodle?

Getting an apricot poodle isn’t easy, they are somewhat rare in the dog world and can be difficult to find at a local breeder.

However, if you have made the decision of getting one, you have several options to consider. I will discuss each one in detail and provide all the insight you need to make the decision-making process a tad bit easier.

Purebred Breeders

These are top-notch breeders that focus on breeding ‘show-quality’ dogs with excellent genes. They achieve this by spending a significant amount on DNA testing and proper research when it comes to the dog’s pedigree.

Getting an apricot poodle from a purebred breeder is as safe as it gets. The provide you with a chance to return the dog if they do not fit well with your family. Moreover, seasoned breeders gauge the temperament of the dog and helps you make the right decision.

You should keep in mind that getting an apricot poodle from a purebred breeder will not be cheap by any means. However, the sense of satisfaction you get knowing the fact that your dog was ethically bred is well worth the price.


Adopting an apricot poodle instead of buying one is one of the most noble things you could do. According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3.3 million dogs entire U.S shelters every year. Out of those 3.3 million a large percentage of dogs are euthanized.

The good news is that the number of dogs being adopted have increased in the past decade which means more and more shelter dogs are finding new owners.

As I mentioned above, the chances of finding an apricot poodle in an animal shelter near you are not that great.

There are many poodles in animal shelters waiting for caring owners like you. If the color of the poodle is not that much of a factor when it comes to choosing a dog, definitely consider adopting another dog from a shelter near you.

Are Apricot Poodles Rare?

Apricot poodles are a result of red poodles that carry the recessive genes. Red poodles are an uncommon color themselves which makes the apricot poodle the rarest out of all the different poodle colors.

Are Apricot Poodles Hypoallergenic?

In America, more than 50 million people have experienced some sort of allergy every year. Allergies caused by dogs contribute a large proportion of that 50 million.

Are Apricot Poodle Hypoallergenic
Hypoallergenic Apricot Poodle Lying on the Couch

Some dogs such as poodles are hypoallergenic meaning they don’t produce as many dander or oily skin cells. Which in turn means that the owner of such a dog will produce less of a reaction when being in close proximity to the dog.  

Dander, which is found in the hair and sloughed-off skin cells, is one of the main culprits when it comes to triggering allergic reactions in humans. So much so that, with some people, just sitting down on a cushion that has been vacated by a dog can cause irritation.

Currently, there is no scientific proof of a dog being considered truly hypoallergenic and requiring less than normal cleaning after the dog’s stay. However, a poodle is as good as it gets when it comes to not triggering allergenic reactions.

Since, apricot poodles carry all the traits of a poodle, an apricot poodle is considered hypoallergenic. So, if you happen to have allergic reactions getting an apricot poodle will be a wise choice!

Apricot Poodle Dog Names

Apricot poodle dog names are something every apricot poodle-owner should be thinking about. Poodles come in many colors, so it’s hard to settle on a name befitting your precious apricot pup.

Apricot poodles are also very intelligent and beautiful companions.

Each apricot poodle is unique, so finding an apricot poodle name that fits your pup will be difficult but hopefully, this list of apricot poodle names helps you narrow down the name decision.




























Apricot Poodle Personality

With their friendly, outgoing personalities and tendency to follow their people around indoors or out, Poodle temperament seems almost human at times. The apricot Poodle is no exception.

Poodles of this color are known for their intelligence, affectionate nature and love for attention. Their desire to please makes them easy to train.

Widely considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, Poodles are also known for their sense of humor, great agility and athleticism, and fascination with water.

A Friendly Apricot Poodle

Poodles are brilliant as pets for children because of their non-aggressive nature and ability to form bonds quickly.

However, it’s important that you guide the child on how to interact with the puppy in a gentle, yet authoritative way so as to avoid any behavioral issues in the adult dog.

How To Groom an Apricot Poodle?

Poodles are also a very clean dog breed and need to be groomed on a regular basis. Regular brushing is sufficient to keep your poodle looking their best.

Many dog owners believe that poodle grooming is limited to the big stuff like haircuts, baths, and clipping the nails.

Poodles are known for their long coats but it is actually an important part of their grooming that you brush your dog’s coat regularly.

Grooming your apricot poodle can be made a lot easier with the right tools and the good news is that you do not need a whole bunch of fancy tools to groom your poodle.

Check out the following list of grooming tools I have put together to help you take better care of your apricot poodle’s coat.

Brush: Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush

Shampoo: Wahl Dry Skin & Itch Relief Pet Shampoo for Dogs

Nail Grinder: Rexipets Dog Nail Grinder Clipper

Hair Clipper: oneisall Dog Shaver Clippers

Wrapping Up

I hope you learned everything about apricot poodles in this post.

If you didn’t, and are still confused, or think you learned more about apricots than poodles, then please let me know in the comments! Be sure to check back in for future posts.

By Nancy Williams

Hi! My name is Nancy Williams, and I'm a poodle owner. I started PoodleGo because I was tired of not being able to find high-quality information about how to care for my poodle. I wanted to help others who were also frustrated with the lack of good poodle information on the internet. I spend every spare moment reading about poodles, talking to other poodle owners, and learning more about best practices for caring for my dog. I love seeing a healthy, well-groomed, happy poodle—and hope that my site will help you get there!


  1. I have a toy apricot poodle. She weighs 5lbs 2 ozs. I would like to find an apricot toy male to breed her once in a while. I will look that up.
    I really liked your article.
    Thank you, for being so thourough.

  2. Our apricot standard poodle Gin-Gin was a rescue that we shared our life with for the past 10 years. She recently was put down (7-11-22) due to an aggressive Lymphatic cancer (2 weeks form diagnosis to her being put down). We have 2 other standard black poodles that will be 14 in October. Bacchus we had since he was 8 weeks and his sister Grace; a rescue, for the last 16 months.
    Although we are not looking for another standard poodle right now, I would really love to give my wife another apricot standard. Nothing will replace Gin-Gin as she was that soul dog that still touches our heart. Hopefully within the year my wife will be ready.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your Gin-Gin, Tom. I know how hard it is to lose a pet, and I hope you find the perfect poodle for your family! I’m sending you my thoughts and prayers until you do.

  3. Hi Nancy
    I had apricot toy poodle from 1981-1994 she was very cute. My mom heard her being born at the breeder who we got her from. My poodle was born 5-30-1981 two days after my 10th birthday. I remember when we got her home to get her settled into our house nighttime she was crying for her mom so I took my pillow from my bed went downstairs slept on the floor next to my new poodle puppy Tanya whom we named her next to her bed so she would not be lonely I did that for at least two years I was sad when my mom told me my poodle had to be put down because of blindness in one eye lost her hearing. I know that my poodle lived a long life she is resting peacefully not suffering anymore. Goodbye my furry friend Tanya

    1. I am so sorry to hear that you had to put your pup down. I think it’s incredible that you took such good care of her for all those years. I know how much time and energy goes into caring for a dog like that, and I’m sure it was a hard decision for you and your mom.

      I’m glad that you took the time to share this story with us, because I know it will help other people feel less alone in their experiences with pets as well as with other difficult situations in life.

      Rest in peace, Tanya!

  4. I have a dog that is in the more lighter shade of apricot, it’s there, but it can be a bit hard to tell from far away. Her ears are darker than the rest of her body besides the outlining of her eyes. She gets it from both her mother and father, both being cream and red. She’s She’s healthy, standard poodle and I couldn’t ask for a better dog!

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