Phantom Poodle – What It Really Means To Be This Color

Categorized as Poodle Colors, Poodle Breed Information

Phantom poodles are intelligent, lovable, and entertaining. Their playful antics and jaunty natures make them one of the best-loved breeds in the world. It’s no wonder more and more pet lovers are choosing this elegant dog as a pet.

You’ll be happy to learn that a phantom poodle is no more frightening than your average household pooch. A phantom poodle isn’t even a little bit like the mythical phantom — this friendly and fun-loving toy dog originated in Germany several centuries ago.

This is a very unique type of coloration, but it’s easy to learn more about this interesting dog color.

What Does a Phantom Poodle Look Like?

Phantom Poodles are not a different breed or type of dog, they are simply a term for varying colors within the Poodle breed. Even though the AKC has not yet confirmed that this color variation is acceptable, many Poodle owners prefer this to the various other poodle colors.

Poodles are a popular pet choice in the United States and many other countries. They have long, beautiful coats that come in a wide variety of colors, which makes them a very attractive option for many people.

The phantom poodle is just one more color variation that you can choose from when deciding on purchasing a new poodle puppy.

The phantom coloration is also said to be a subset of Parti Poodles. They have a primary color that is also known as the dominant color, and the most common primary color is black.

While one might initially think these two breeds are nearly identical, those of us who have experience with both types of dogs know that a parti poodle is not the same thing as a phantom poodle.

While they are both color varieties of the poodle breed, their differences make them distinct from one another.

The word phantom is another word for a ghost or an illusion. But in the case of poodles, it is used to describe this one-of-a-kind coloration.

Different Phantom Poodle Sizes

Phantoms are a rare poodle color and come in four different sizes like any other poodle color. They can be large or small depending on the size of parents and genetics.

Phantom poodles come in four size varieties: Toy, Miniature, Moyen, and Standard.

Toy Phantom Poodles weigh about 6-10 pounds while Miniature Poodles weigh about 15-20 pounds. Moyen or Medium poodles weigh 40 to 50 pounds and finally, the Standard Phantom Poodles weigh about 50-70 pounds.

Different Phantom Poodle Sizes

Different Phantom Poodle Sizes

Phantom Poodle Colors

There is a wide variety of colors and patterns when it comes to a poodle’s coat, but one of the most striking is the Phantom Poodle, which is also considered to be a somewhat rare breed.

Phantom owners have often expressed how people are curious about the unique colouration. It is by no doubt a great conversation starter.

All phantom Poodles are born with their patches, and they do not appear as the dog ages. However, it should be noted that poodles tend to fade colour as they ages.

Black Phantom Poodle

Black Phantom Poodle

Brown Phantom Poodle

Brown Phantom Poodle

Red Phantom Poodle

Red Phantom Poodle

Silver and Cream Phantom Poodle

Silver and Cream Phantom Poodle

Phantom Poodle Genetics

One can never truly appreciate the beauty of phantoms unless they learn how this one of a kind coloration comes to be.

In order for a poodle to have this coloration, they should have a ky/ky Genotype. Genotypes in simpler terms is makeup for the genes. This ky/ky “genetic makeup” is required to allow colors other than black to show.

In addition to the ky/ky Genotype, an E Genotype (makes brindling possible), an EM Genotype (responsible for giving a black mask), and lastly an at/at which makes the tan coloration possible.

When all of these genotypes ‘work together’, they make the phantom coloration possible.

If you want to know what genes your dog has, I highly recommend Embark Dog DNA Test Kit. ↗ This DNA kit will tell you how much of a breed your dog possesses, help you discover your pet’s relatives, screens your dog for potential health issues, and much more. To learn more about this product check it out on Amazon.↗

What’s the difference between a Parti Poodle and a Phantom Poodle?

A phantom can be easily mistaken for a parti.

So let us find out what makes a phantom different from a parti poodle.

A parti poodle has patches that are random and can occur anywhere in the dog’s coat. It is like fingerprints are on human, unique, and random.

What makes a phantom different from a parti is the fact that a phantom poodle has markings that will possess spots only on certain parts of the body such as the anterior portion, the upper side of the body, legs, butt, etc. In addition, these specific parts may fade in and out depending on the coat type.

This is the only characteristic that makes a phantom differ from a parti.

Phantom Poodle Health Issues

A phantom is ultimately a poodle, and the unique coloration does not bar it from having the same health issues as any other poodle.

If you consider adding a Phantom Poodle to your family, you should be aware of all the possible health issues your pup may be vulnerable to.

Poodles have an average lifespan of about 10 to 13 years and are generally quite healthy and active.

Before picking up a phantom puppy, be very wary of a breeder that has dogs available so soon as reputable breeders typically have a waiting list. Make sure that the breeder does proper health testing.

Falling in love with the cute puppies down at the kennel and wanting to take that pooch back home ASAP – we’ve all been there, but we highly advise you to do your research about reputable breeders.

The last thing you need is to end up with a dog that will have severe health issues in a year because the breeder wanted to make a quick buck and doesn’t care to breed adults with genetic diseases.

Some of the most common health conditions that a poodle is vulnerable to are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloating
  • Addison’s Diseases

To keep your poodle healthy and disease-free, there are some standard practices that you can adopt today to get those results.

Safe Poodle Breeding

Step number one is to make sure your poodle is appropriately bred. Poodles, due to their genetics, are vulnerable to drawing a wide variety of health issues.

To avoid those health issues, get your poodle checked before breeding them and do proper research on the breeder.

Another important thing you need to know about is inbreeding.

Inbreeding causes a lot of health issues in dogs, and should generally be avoided.

To put it into basics, inbreeding is terrible because it creates a closed population over time, not allowing any new genes into the gene pool.

It is good because it will enable you to “cement” desirable traits into a dog, whether that be temperament, health, or drive.

General Care

Poodles are generally quite easy to care for, and a phantom shouldn’t be any different.

Taking care of your poodle simply includes practices a dog owner should adapt to give the pet a healthy lifestyle.

Standard practices include visiting the vet regularly and getting health checkups, feeding the dog a portion of protein-rich dog food, controlling exposure to the sun, brushing the coat periodically, and bathing the dog regularly.

How Much Does A Phantom Poodle Cost?

Phantom Poodle puppies are very cute! They may be one reason why people like phantom poodles so much.

Due to its unique color, buying a phantom poodle won’t be cheap.

Phantom poodles a breeder will charge you around $1000 to upwards of $2000.

An important fact you might want to know is that a phantom poodle is not accepted in the AKC Conformation Ring.

Since a phantom poodle is an expensive dog you may want to get dog insurance in case something happens.

Poodles are vulnerable to a lot of risk factors, so it is always better to have pet insurance.

Phantom Poodle Puppies

Getting your hands on Phantom Poodle puppies may seem easy, but you’ll want to make sure you follow the proper procedure.

If you get your pup from a reputable breeder, it will not only ensure bred quality but will also provide a healthy and disease-free pooch.

Phantom Poodle Puppy

Phantom Poodle Puppy

Proper socializing means your puppy can be exposed to lots of different stimuli and remain engaged with you while being able to interact politely when permitted. So taking your phantom pup outside to practice calmly observing people and other dogs walk by is a great start, and it’s also free.

Make sure to get your pup all the vaccination shots according to their vaccination schedule, if you ignore the vaccination schedule you might have to begin a new vaccination schedule and get your puppy revaccinated.

Another essential practice is to feed your puppy right. Puppies will eat as much as you give them usually, so it’s up to you as a responsible dog parent to control portions.

Those portions are going to vary based on the brand you feed, so we recommend the bags feeding chart and go according to that. Until six months, you don’t need to be precise as your pup’s metabolism is so fast. As long as it’s not table scraps or wet food, dry food, you can go up and down and not be too concerned.

Phantom Poodle Name Ideas

By now, we both can agree that phantom poodles have a really cool coat coloration, which makes it kind of necessary not to have a common name.

With that being said, choosing a name for your companion can prove to be quite stressful.

This is why I decided to compile name suggestions made by you guys in the comments section. So here are some of the suggestions made by you creative people!

  • Snickers (courtesy of Nancy and her brown phantom poodle)
  • Pixie (courtesy of Charlize and her black tricolor phantom toy poodle)
  • Guinness (courtesy of Melissa Larson and her black and tan phantom poodle)
  • Phantasie (courtesy of MB and black and red phantom poodle)
  • Sarah (courtesy of Judy and her 7-year old phantom poodle)
  • Sterling (courtesy of Claudia Judd McGrath and her Silver Phantom Poodle)
  • Oakley (Courtesy of Linda Martin and their Phantom Moyen Poodle)
  • Arto (Courtesy of Marina and their Black and their White Phantom Poodle)
  • Jesse (Courtesy of Sandra Le Tendre and their active 7 1/2 year old Phantom Poodle)
  • Winston (Courtesy of Sherri Holland and their distinguished one year old Sable Phantom Poodle)
  • Penny Joy (Courtesy of Pat Stichweh and their joyful Silver Moyen Phantom)
  • Jackie (Named after Jackie Kennedy, Courtesy of Claudia McGrath and their Silver Phantom Poodle)
  • Rocket (Courtesy of Susan Hott and her energetic Tan Toy Phantom Poodle)

The next four names were provided by Dee in the comment section.

  • Stormy
  • Sugar Baby
  • Floppy
  • Lil’ Stormy (Read comments if you would like to know how they came up with this name)

If you would like to contribute to this list of creative phantom poodle names, make sure to comment it down below.

You can either choose from one of the names provide above or come up with something of your own.

Don’t forget to thank all the lovely people in the comments who provided these creative names for this beautiful poodle color. 

We’d Love to Hear From You!

Let’s face it. Phantom Poodles are sure to turn heads due to their beautiful coat coloration. So, if you love a dog that’s got the beauty, brains, and a gorgeous coat color, then the phantom pooch is the one for you.

We hope you have enjoyed this roundup of phantom poodles.

We would love to know what about the Phantom Poodles caught your attention. So, be sure to let us know in the comments down below.

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. We lost our 14 year ok’d black and silver phantom Sterling when he fell and broke his neck. Inconsolable when my daughter found an exactly colored phantom puppy right in our neighborhood!!! Her name is Jacky after Jackie Kennedy she is the light of my life❤️

  2. Since I brought her home, my mini phantom poodle has always had a black nose, but now it seems as though her nose is turning dark brown, and she is only five months old. Is there anything we can do to keep her nose black?

    1. Hello Amy, thanks for your question.

      It is possible that your dog’s nose is changing color because of a condition called Snow Nose. Treatment for this condition is not available, but the good news is that it is only a cosmetic problem that will have no negative impact on your dog’s health. The condition is generally temporary, and the nose color returns to normal after some time.

  3. add to names:

    Sugar Baby

    We named or black & red Phantom – Lil’Stormy
    (we were delayed getting him because of Hurrican Ida)
    I had originally picked Sugar baby because it looked like spots of
    caramel had fallen all over his black coat, face, and legs.

  4. My 5 mo old Black and Tan toy phantom came named Rocket. I kept the name and it is perfect for this busy boy as he tears through the house.

  5. Hi,we have a blue phantom poodle, miniature, who is 11years. Her name is Ashley Mae Bleu,and she is very precious!

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  7. Our two phantom sisters just recently passed away at 12 1/2 years old—-we lost them a few months apart. They have brought our family so much joy. How can we find a list of breeders? We live in Texas.

  8. Our blue and white minipoo baby (we didn’t know he was blue when we got him! What an awesome surprise!) is Mr. Barksley…

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