Apricot Poodles Standard – All The Facts About This Rare Coat Color

Apricot Poodles Standard – All The Facts About This Rare Coat Color

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.

apricot standard poodle puppies
apricot standard poodle puppies

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.

History of apricot-colored Poodles

  • Poodles have been around for a long time. Some paintings show Poodles in the 15th and 16th century. Back then, most Poodles would have been white or parti-colored. The first apricot Standard Poodle puppy was born in 1898 and was named Sowden Yellow Gall. The new color quickly became popular and was bred mainly in the UK. It would take a while before the color became prevalent in the other Poodle varieties though: Only in 1912, the first apricot Miniature Poodle was born.
  • In the 1930s, Poodles became more and more popular in North America and have been a beloved companion dog ever since. Due to the rarity of the apricot color and its recessive nature, not a lot of Poodles are available in this color!

Coloring

  • Apricot Poodles’ color is often confused with cream and red. Even AKC Poodle breeders sometimes categorize their dogs under the wrong color. 
  • Apricot is a dilution of brown. Ideally it should appear to be a bright, sunny color. Apricot is difficult to breed for as it is a recessive gene and it quickly fades in UV light. If your Poodle spends a lot of time outside, his apricot color will soon look like a lighter cream color.
  • The nose and eye rims of an apricot Poodle should ideally be black or dark brown. A medium-colored brown is accepted as per the breed standard, but not encouraged.

Health & Care

  • You will care for your apricot Poodle the same way you would for any other coat color. The shade of your dog’s coat has no impact on his temperament, behavior or health.
  • As all Poodles, apricot Poodles have a tendency to develop gastrointestinal issues. You should only feed your dog high-quality food and make sure that you take him to the vet if he shows any signs of diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Like all Poodles, apricot Poodles are highly intelligent and will require daily exercise and training. You should never skip out on your Poodle’s activity. A bored and under-exercised Poodle will quickly develop a range of unwanted behaviors, such as reactivity, incessant barking or chewing of furniture.

Grooming your apricot Poodle

  • Every color of Poodle will require regular, consistent grooming efforts in order to keep the coat beautiful and the skin healthy. Letting your Poodle develop mats will lead to hot spots and can even cause severe skin infections. You need to brush your Poodle every day. He should also be bathed with a Poodle-specific shampoo about once a month. Many Poodle owners choose to have this done by a professional groomer.
  • Depending on whether you want to show your Poodle or not, you can keep his coat either in a full show groom or a more convenient haircut. The teddy bear cut is very popular especially for Miniature Poodles.
apricot poodles for sale
apricot poodles for sale

Are apricot Poodles rare?

  • Yes – apricot Poodles are very rare! As a recessive color, apricot is only shown in a puppy if both parents carry a copy of the gene. Most Poodles are black or white (with the occasional Parti Poodle who has two colors). Other Poodle colors such as red, cream, blue or brown are allowed by the breed standard but less common.
  • The apricot Poodle is very rare among the Poodle colors, which makes these dogs very sought-after (and potentially pricey).
  • Some puppy buyers have to be on a waitlist for an apricot puppy for months or years. You should only decide for these dogs if you are willing to be patient and wait for your perfect apricot puppy for a long time.

Training 

  • Poodles are generally easy to train as they are highly intelligent and love to work together with their owner. They excel at a variety of dog sports, such as agility, competition obedience, disc dog or dock diving. Some owners find their Poodle’s energy needs difficult to manage. Especially for those dogs, participating in a weekly dog sport will be very beneficial.
  • If you choose to show your dog in AKC confirmation events, you will need to train them to show well in the show ring. This includes walking and trotting on the leash and standing still while the judge examines your dog.
  • The most common behavioral problems in apricot Poodles are anxiety, nervousness and excessive barking. Poodles in general can have “weak nerves” and tend to be easily excited and stressed. Extensive socialization is necessary to turn them into well-mannered and calm companions. This includes positive exposure to people, dogs, different places and a variety of sounds. 
  • Poodles can show prey drive. Do not underestimate that and make sure to teach your dog impulse control and recall skills. This is especially important if your Poodle is sharing your home with smaller animals, such as cats.

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.
  • Apricot Standard Poodles may run up to $2,000 while apricot Miniature and Toy Poodles can be as expensive as $3,000

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.

apricot poodle size
apricot poodle size

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.

Adopt

  • 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.

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.

  • Ember
  • Ginger
  • Maple
  • Peach
  • Honey
  • Goldie
  • Ruby
  • Rusty
  • Chaucer
  • Chewie
  • Blaze
  • Butterscotch
  • Cinnamon
  • Crimson
  • Henry
  • Emerson
  • Scully

Final Thoughts

Apricot Poodles are very popular due to their unusual coloring and their rarity. Many owners are drawn to this special kind of Poodle because they are so unique. It is important to not let rarity alone be a deciding factor when it comes to picking your future puppy though! You should never buy any dog (Poodle or not) for his color alone.

Apricot Poodles will require the same care, grooming, training and exercise as any other kind of Poodle. Due to the at times nervous nature of this breed, it is really important that they are well-socialized and get a lot of positive exposure, especially during their puppyhood. Apricot Poodles excel at a variety of dog sports and will love to participate in those with their owner!

Due to the limited supply of apricot Poodles, expect to be put on a waitlist for a potential puppy. The price will likely be higher than that for a more common Poodle color as well. Being patient pays off though: These dogs are amazing companions that will brighten up every day!

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