Red Poodle – All About This Beautiful And Unique Coat Color

Categorized as Poodle Colors, Poodle Breed Information

Have you ever wondered what a red poodle is or perhaps what is it that makes them any different from other poodle colors? If so, this article covers everything you need to know about red poodles.

A red poodle is a type of poodle with a reddish-brown coat coloration that comes from a faded gene known as the “Rufus” gene. They are available in three sizes, miniature, toy, and standard, with a lifespan that typically ranges from 12 to 15 years.

From history, facts, and grooming tips, to busting common red poodle myths, this article is your comprehensive guide to red poodles. So, keep reading to learn more.

What Does A Red Poodle Look Like?

There are more than ten different color combinations possible for a Poodle, but the Red Poodle is truly one of the most stunning and rare of those all.

These poodles come in three different sizes: standard poodle, miniature poodle, and toy poodle. Each of these sizes has characteristics that make them unique and stand out from one another

Red Standard Poodles are about 45 to 60 centimeters (17 to 25 inches) in height and weigh around 45 to 60 pounds. Miniature Poodles are 11 to 15 inches tall and weigh 15 to 17 pounds. Lastly, Red Toy Poodles are up to 10 inches tall and weigh about 15 to 17 pounds.

Red poodle with black point and liver points
Red poodle with black points and liver points

When it comes to the standards set for red poodle noses, it is something I see a lot of people confused about and wanted to clear the air on. In the U.S, red poodles with liver-colored noses are not preferred, only red poodles with black noses are considered to be true red poodles.

Red Poodle History

Today’s red standard poodles didn’t spring into existence overnight, it took many years and several generations of dedicated breeders to achieve the standard conformation and quality that we see in our red standard poodles today.

The idea to develop a red standard poodle was first conceived by Ilse Konig of Shangri-La Kennel in 1980 after she saw a red miniature poodle at a dog show.

The first litter of red poodle puppies was brought into existence by crossing an oversized red Miniature poodle and a small Apricot Standard Poodle.

In an interview, Isle Konig mentioned that she was dancing with joy upon seeing the incredible color but she only realized the main problem after some time when she realized that the puppies had short legs like a Miniature Poodle and the head of a Standard Poodle.

In the same interview, she also mentioned that the temperament of those puppies was not the same as Standard Poodles. Since, they were smaller than a Standard Poodle and larger than a Miniature Poodle she called them “Caniche” – a term coined for the size of poodles between Miniature and Standard Poodles.

Over time, breeders continued to breed the largest puppy from the litter to slowly increase the size of the puppies to the point that we see a lot of standard red poodles around.

a red poodle born without an eyes
A red poodle born without an eyes

However, as the number of red poodles grew so did the market demand. Within China, the United States, and other countries worldwide, red poodles became extremely popular.

In order to keep up with demand, breeders resorted to heinous breeding practices such as overbreeding, rushed breeding, and inbreeding which resulted in red poodles being born with birth defects.

Although there have been a lot of cases over the years, the one that stands out most to me is a red poodle being born without any eyes. This story comes from Taiwan, China, and it depicts a practice that, despite it being more than 8 years old, still exists in our society today.

Several factors to consider when buying a red poodle puppy include getting your dog from a breeder that invests money in genetic testing the dog, learning more about inbreeding, and avoiding a dog from puppy mills.

How Long Do Red Poodles Live?

When it comes to the lifespan of Poodles, there are several deciding factors like the gender of the dog and the size of the poodle.

A red poodle’s life span averages 12 – 15 years, a female red poodle may live a year or two more than her male counterpart.

If you want your red poodle to grow to be healthy and thrive, you should know the diseases poodles are susceptible to. Some of the most common poodle diseases are:

Poodles are particularly vulnerable to developing any of the above-mentioned diseases. You greatly reduce their chances of having any of these diseases if you take your dog to the vet every 4 – 6 months.

Many of the diseases mentioned above can be fatal and become more difficult to treat with time. It is important to identify the diseases at an early stage in order to treat them effectively.

Are Red Poodles Rare?

If you were to look up the word rare in the dictionary you would find the following definition: uncommon or scarce, especially to the point of being valuable or treasured. It is a very fitting description for red poodles.

Red poodles are one of the rarest poodle colorations available today. This is primarily due to the high demand for these dogs in the markets of countries like the U.S and China.

The demand for these dogs is almost always high, and the breeders can have extremely long waiting lists at any given time. This has led to backyard breeders jumping into the market to capitalize on the demand.

Are Red Poodles Crazy?

Have you ever heard that red poodles are crazy? That’s a common misconception.

The reality is that the color of their coat doesn’t have any impact on their temperament or their personality. Poodles are incredibly affectionate dogs that thrive on human interaction and the red poodle is no different.

Since there are so few red poodles available in the market, backyard breeders resort to unethical breeding methods such as inbreeding. As a result, these puppies born out of such practices often lack one or more limbs, or eyes, and sometimes even their brains fail to develop.

People, in my opinion, see red puppies that were the result of bad breeding practices that have problems with brain development act ‘wildly’, and they form a general opinion about red poodles.

The truth however is that poodles are generally loyal, alert, easy to train, one of the best guard dogs, and one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs. The same is true for red poodles’ temperament, coat coloration generally doesn’t have an effect on a poodle’s aggression nor do they make a poodle hyper.

Are Red Poodles More Expensive?

Breeders that sell red poodles charge a bit more than other poodle colors, this is primarily due to high demand and how rare this poodle is. People who want this fiery poodle often have to wait in queues for months on end for their chance to get their pet.

On average standard red poodles cost anywhere between $800 to $1500 whereas miniature and toy poodles cost a bit more with a starting range of $1000 to $2000.

Are Red Poodles Hypoallergenic?

It is a well-known fact that no dog is 100% hypoallergenic. However, this does not mean that you cannot get yourself a dog if you have any allergies. It is entirely possible to find one that will not trigger your allergies too much or at all, if you put in the appropriate amount of time and effort (and money of course because poodles are not cheap) into finding a good match for yourself.

The poodle breed is considered to be hypoallergenic which essentially means that they are unlikely to cause any allergies. Poodles do not have furs like dog breeds such as Labradors or golden retrievers, instead, they have hair that continually grows. This makes them a lot less likely to shed than other breeds.

Can You Dye A Red Poodle?

This might sound like an odd question but a lot of people find themselves asking this question. The short and simple answer is: Yes, you can definitely dye your red poodle. However, is it safe to do so and are there any negative effects?

As far as safety is concerned, there are a lot of products that make dyeing your dog quite easy in a safe manner. These dyes are non-toxic and safe to use on dogs over 12 months of age.

There are a lot of color options for you to choose from which I will leave up to you. I will however recommend some of the most trusted products when it comes to pet hair dyes

  1. Warren London Critter Color Temporary Pet Fur Coloring (Temporary Dye)
  2. Opawz Dog Hair Dye Gel (Permanent and Semi-Permanent Dye options available)
  3. CRAZY LIBERTY Pets Hair Dye (Permanent)

Do Red Poodles Turn White?

Upon birth red poodles is a bright shade of red. However, they tend to lose their coloration by the time they turn two years old. Fading in red poodles is pretty common and is not a result of underlying disease most of the time, it just happens naturally.

There have also been cases where a red poodle fades to a lighter shade and then regains the original red coloration after some time. The reason for this fading and then regaining might be because of hormonal changes and is usually nothing to worry about. In many cases, pregnancy in poodles has also led to such a change in color that a red poodle will fade and then regain its color after giving birth.

To make sure your red poodle has a healthy coat that has a uniform coat coloration, make sure you use a good shampoo, brush their coat on a near-daily basis, give them healthy food, and proper exercise and limit the time they stay out in the sun. All of this may sound like a lot but can be achieved with little effort over time

Red Poodle Grooming

A lot of people see poodles with fancy haircuts and are immediately intimidated by them. However, grooming a poodle isn’t nearly as difficult as people make it out to be. All you need to do is brush your poodle’s coat a few times every week and bathe them once or twice every month.

A good practice is to trim the hair near your poodle’s behind so that no poo residue is left. These are simple things you can do every week to make sure your poodle looks fresh and clean!

If you are on the lookout for a good shampoo for your red poodle, it does not get any better than Bio-groom’s Bronze Luster Dog Shampoo. This shampoo was specially created for dogs with red coats in mind, it is soap-free and free of any paraben which is a harmful substance linked to cancer. What’s most impressive about this shampoo is that you can safely use it with any tick and flea treatment. Definitely check out Bio-groom’s Bronze Luster Dog Shampoo if you would like to keep the beautiful red coat looking all beautiful and healthy!

You will need to invest a few bucks to groom your poodle properly and with relative ease, we recommend:

Red Poodle Names

Have you named your puppy yet? If you haven’t, and you like the color red, then consider one of these red-hot names for your red pup.

  • Amber
  • Brick
  • Sandy
  • Rusty
  • Copper
  • Crimson
  • Sandy
  • Scarlet
  • Ginger Spice
  • Elmo
  • Rose
  • Brandy
  • Cherry
  • Ginger
  • Pepper
  • Rojo (Red in Spanish)
  • Rosso (Red in Italian)
  • Rouge (Red in French)
  • Rooi (Red in Afrikaan)
  • Rood (Red in Danish)
  • Ruby
  • Blaze
  • Mars
  • Sparky
  • Valentine
  • Russel
  • Rufus
  • Clancy
  • Pomme (French for Apple)
  • Chili

These are just some of the names I could come up with, if you would like for me to add more name ideas let me know in the comment section below and I will cover it in much detail.

If you have already found a good name for your poodle, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to update this list with red poodle names from our community members.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, red poodles are amazing dogs, and you should definitely consider getting one! Hopefully, you found some valuable information and can now get started in the lovely world of owning a red poodle.

By now I’m sure you have some opinions about Red Poodles after reading this article. Don’t be afraid to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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!


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