Red Poodle Dog Breed History & Facts

The Red Poodle is quickly becoming one of the most popular and well-recognized variations of Poodles and Toy Poodles. The red color isn’t as common as the standard brown or apricot Poodle fur color but Red Poodles have become more and more popular over the past few years.

Red Poodles can come in both the standard and toy sizes but are most commonly seen in the smaller toy size. They are considered a “miniature” dog breed because of their small size. The red coloring is caused by a recessive gene and can sometimes be hidden in other colors.

In this article, you will learn more about the Red Poodle dog breed and will learn if it is the best breed option for your dog. You can learn about other dog breeds by reading our recent articles.

Red Poodle Breed History

The Red Poodle isn’t as common as other colors of Poodles but they have been around for many years. Poodles are actually one of the oldest dog breeds in the world and were originally bred as waterfowl hunting dogs. They would help flush out ducks and other waterfowl from the water so that their human companions could shoot them.

Red Poodles have also been used as guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, and even circus dogs because of their loving and intelligent personalities. It is possible for Red Poodles to come in toy sizes, miniature sizes, or even full-grown Poodle sizes.

The breed is most commonly used as family dogs in the modern-day but has a long history of different jobs and adventures.

Why Is A Red Poodle Red?

The red fur color of a Red Poodle comes from a gene that is recessive. This means that a Red Poodle must have two red genes to be red. If a Red Poodle only has one red gene, the dog will be a lighter color but not red.

The red fur color of a Red Poodle can also come from two different parents who both carry the red gene. This is why we have seen the rise of Red Poodle Breeders who will breed two Red Poodles in order to have a higher likelihood of getting Red Poodle puppies instead of the standard color Poodle.

Red Poodles are the only red dog breed. All other red dogs, such as Golden Retrievers and Irish Setters, get their red fur from a different gene than the red gene that makes Red Poodles red.

The red gene that makes Red Poodles red is also the same gene that causes them to have red eyes. This is another trait that makes them easily identifiable as red Poodles.

Red Poodles are considered a “specialty” dog breed, which means they are not as common as other dog breeds and they can be more expensive to purchase.

Red Poodle Appearance

The Red Poodle is known for its easy-to-recognize red fur color. All red Poodles have red fur, regardless of their coat type (curly or non-curly). They can also have red eyes, which is a trait that separates them from all other dog breeds but not all of them will have red eyes.

They are very similar in nearly every way to standard Poodles other than the color of their fur. This means they have the same long, curly coat and often the same characteristic “Poodle” face. The red poodle looks similar in stature to a cavapoochon, a schnoodle, and other poodle mixes.

Red Poodle Average Height and Weight

The average height and weight of a Red Poodle will vary depending on if the breed orginates from a Toy Poodle, a Minature Poodle, or a Standard Poodle. Toy Poodles mixes are the most common type of Red Poodle and they will typically weigh around 10 pounds to 15 pounds when fully grown.

Minature Red Poodles will weigh an average of 15 pounds to 30 pounds and stand about twelve to fifteen inches tall. Standard Poodles, which are not as common in red as Toy or Miniature versions, will typically weigh around 40 pounds to 80 pounds. Red poodles will typically be much larger than a morkie but not as large as a Norwegian Elkhound or Long Haired Dalmatian.

Red Poodle Fur and Coat

The Red Poodle will typically have similar coat and fur consistency compared to Standard Poodles but the color of the fur will vary. The fur will typically be curly or wavy and will be red, apricot, or cream in color. Some red poodles may also have black hair tips but this is not very common.

The coat of the Red Poodle needs to be groomed on a regular basis otherwise it can become matted and tangled. The fur should be brushed at least once a week and more if your pup is playing outside consistency as dirt can caught in their curly fur.

Red Poodle Different Fur Colors

The color of fur of a Red Poodle can vary from a brighter red to a more auburn red or can even come in shades of brown or creame. The red color is caused by a gene that dilutes the black pigment in their fur. The amount of red present will depend on how much of the diluted gene is passed down from each parent.

Just because they are called Red Poodles doesn’t mean their fur will be a bright red.

Red Poodle Temperament and Personality

Poodles are considered one of the smartest dog breeds and red poodles are no exception. They are also very active and love to play fetch or go for walks. Red Poodles make great family dogs as they are gentle and good with children. However, they can be a little high-strung so early socialization is key. They will require consistent exercise and plenty of mental stimulation to keep them happy and well-behaved.

The Red Poodle is a great dog for active families who are looking for a smart, playful pet. They are gentle with children and love to be around people as well as other dogs and animals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Red Poodles

Below are the most commonly asked questions we have been asked by readers about the Red Poodle dog breed.

Are Red Poodles Good Pets?

Yes, Red Poodles are great pets. They are intelligent and playful, making them a great companion for active families. They behave well when playing with children as well as other dogs.

Do Red Poodles Come In Other Colors?

Yes, Red Poodles aren’t always the same shade of red. They can come in other colors such as black, white, apricot, and silver. The breed may be known for their red shade but there are many different variations of possible colors that the breed can come in depending on the genetics of the parents.

Are Red Poodles Hypoallergenic?

Yes, red poodles are one of the most hypoallergenic dog breeds. They do not shed very much and their coat is non-toxic, making them a good choice for people with allergies.

Are Red Poodles Rare?

Red Poodles are more rare compared to the standard Poodle but we have seen a rise in popularity of this breed over the past few years. This is likely due to the fact that they are a beautiful red color and are one of the most hypoallergenic dog breeds.

Are Red Poodles Good Guard Dogs?

Poodles as well as Red Poodles may not be the best guard dog because of their size and temperament but they will typically bark to alert you of strangers or danger.

How Big Is A Red Poodle Full Grown?

The size of a Red Poodle when full grown will depend on if it is bred from a Toy Poodle, Minature Poodle, or Standard Poodle. These factors will change how large the puppy will grown. Most Red Poodles will originate from a Toy Poodle and will grow to around 10 pounds to 15 pounds when fully grown.

Are Red Poodles Hypoallergenic?

Yes, Red Poodles are hypoallergenic. This means that they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in people. All dogs, however, produce some dander which is the source of many allergies. Poodle mixes will produce significantly less dander compared to other dog breeds which will be better for allergies. The breed also doesn’t shed which will be great for your allergies.

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Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM

Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM is a certified veterinarian who graduated from the University of California - Davis Veterinary School in 2012. He specializes in nutrition and veterinary medicine for companion animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and more. He has been featured in websites such as PetMD, Yahoo News, Hills Pet, Daily Paws, and more. Learn more about Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM.