Poodles are a well-known diverse breed that can be found in any type of color and pattern. From the basic traditional poodle cut to a true black Poodle, these dogs have become the envy of all pooches. But, what makes a black poodle really special and different from the rest of the pack?
First of all, black poodles aren’t a special breed or even a different sub-species of dogs. They are just simply a color variation of poodles that range from dark grey to blackish-brown.
They are just as loving and intelligent as any other poodle in the world. To be honest, the only thing which makes them different is the color. By reading this article, you will learn a lot of things about what makes this poodle coloration so special.
What Is A Black Poodle?
Let’s start with the question “what is a black poodle” to get familiar with them. Black poodles are possibly the most common color variation among poodles and one of the more recognizable ones. Their black coats look like they’re covered with dark wet paint. We can say that this coat color variation is as much a part of their personality, as it is their appearance.
This Breed has a wide variety of coloration as we mentioned before. Even though there are so many poodle colors only two are widely recognized and well known in society:
- black poodle
- white poodle
FUN FACT: Many blue Poodles are registered as black. This is because all blue Poodles are born black, and then get lighter with time.
But, why are there so many Poodle colors?
There is a lot of new research that has been done over the years about the history of Poodles. And there is one key reason why there are so many different colors within this breed.
In a dog’s coat genetics, there are two different sections that influence the type of color a poodle will have. The first part is the genes responsible for the production of pigment in the fur. The second is the mechanism that tells a cell to produce one type of pigment over another.
Keep in mind that black Poodle puppies from a breeder could be quite expensive and can sometimes be in the range of $500 – $4000 and above.
Getting a dog from a breeder is a lot about trust, as it is with anything else. Inform yourself well and do a bit of research about the breeder and his reputation before you go out and get yourself a black poodle from a breeder.
What they look like
Probably you have wondered how big can a black poodle get? Well, just like us humans, there’s no sure way to know for certain how tall we will be. But you can make an educated guess based on the size of their parents, siblings, and other dogs that belong to their lineage and have a prediction of how big your pup could possibly be.
Following the general rule, males are usually larger than females and weigh more. But as always, there are exceptions to every rule.
To earn the “poodle” title, the dog must have a coat that is pitch black with no hints of blue, white, or grey. Their eyes should have black points and be dark brown in color.
Dog Kennel clubs such as AKC, CKC, UKC, have set the standards for showing a black poodle to be a solid black color with no patches, white spots, or any other exception.
Grooming and General Care of Your Black Poodle
The grooming habits of the black poodle are fairly straightforward and simple. Many people think poodles are finicky or difficult to maintain, but they aren’t.
Poodles, like any other dog breeds, have basic grooming and health care needs that owners must keep in mind and should take care of, and as said above, not difficult to maintain. It doesn’t matter if you have a Standard Poodle or a Miniature Poodle, the grooming is the same.
The first and most important rule is to remember that Poodle fur is really hair! It’s much softer than any other dog’s coat and it keeps on growing. Now, what’s also different about the Poodle’s coat is that they grow their adult coat when they are around three years old.
Adult Poodles have a thick, dense, coarse, single-layer coat of very curly hair that ranges from soft curls to near-ringlets. So, their hair is wavy or curly. So, their hairs don’t fall out, it get’s stuck stuck in the rest of their fur. That’s why you have to brush them every day.
Don’t forget professional grooming either! You should take them to the groomer every three to six weeks.
What Is Black Dog Syndrome?
Have you ever heard of or experienced Black Dog Syndrome? Just to be clear I am not talking about their hair that is black. What I’m talking about is the perception that because of the dog’s color, they are more prone to being aggressive.
However, this is untrue on so many levels – the color of fur has nothing to do with aggression or temperament in any breed of dog.
This has been fueled mainly by News Media, Movies, and TV shows. They associate black dogs with something bad when they want to scare people. But as we said previously, there is no need to be afraid of black dogs (or cats). The color can’t create their personality – if you treat him with love ( just like anything in life), you’ll only receive love.
Due to this misconception, black poodles are less likely to be adopted in shelters which left many poodles out of their possible owners.
The truth is, each puppy has its own personality and temperament regardless of color. How you actually train the puppy plays a big role in deciding their personality – if you treat him with love, you’ll only receive love.
With that said, we’d also like to remind you that we have many articles on different dog breeds as well. Only some of them being: