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Apricot Poodle: Facts, Origin & History (with Pictures)

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

standard poodle at the beach

Poodles have been around for a very, very long time. They are a prevalent, intelligent, family-friendly breed with much to offer potential owners. Also, they are excellent dogs for people who suffer from allergies as they are considered hypoallergenic.

The apricot color specifically is what we are going to go over today. As you probably know, Poodles can come in various colors, but where did the apricot color originate? We’re going to answer all of that for you.

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The Earliest Records of Apricot Poodles in History

The very first apricot Poodle to exist was a standard variety born in 1898. With this beautiful dog’s birth, breeders became very smitten with it and decided to weave it into the breed standard. They named this dog Sowden Yellow Gall – the one to set the standard.

The first Miniature Poodle with the apricot coat did not come to be until 1912. The color populated through the size variations, it’s still relatively rare but has only grown in prevalence since.

Apricot poodle sitting in the grass
Image Credit: NandaArt, Pixabay

How Apricot Poodles Gained Popularity

The apricot Poodle became quickly popular due to its very unique color. It is achieved by diluting the brown, producing a cheerful sun-kissed color.

In the 1930s, Poodles gained popularity in North America, and the apricot color was even more sought after because it was so rare then. Because of its recessive nature, even with specialized breeding, it was hard to achieve.

Even today, apricot Poodles have become one of the rarer colors to see. Because of this, this coat color variation can make a puppy very, very pricey in comparison to other purebreds. But some people really enjoy the visual enough to make the purchase.

They have an attraction and affection for this particular coat and are willing to pay accordingly.

Formal Recognition of Apricot Poodles

The apricot Poodle is a formally recognized breed in almost every kennel club. They even have an entire association in North America called the Apricot Red Poodle Club or ARPC. These Poodles are a favorite due to their uniqueness and rarity.

The apricot color is available in Toy, Miniature, and Standard Poodles. So despite what size you’re looking for, the apricot is an available color choice.

In some cases, you might have to get on a waiting list for future litters, as they are not a common color—even in potential genetic mixes whose parents carry the gene.

Top 5 Unique Facts About Apricot Poodles

1. Apricot Poodles are high-dollar pups.

Apricot Poodles of any variation can be very expensive. Generally, they can cost between $800 and $2,000—and that’s just for pet-only households. This does not account for those who come with breeding rights.

Show dogs can cost as much as $10,000. So many Poodles make quality show dogs, but they will be a real showstopper if they come in the apricot category.

2. There are many Poodle colors around, aside from apricot.

Apricot Poodles are just one of many recognized colors they also come in particolored, black, brown, blue, cafe a late, red, gray, cream, silver, white, black and red, black and tan, red and white, white and apricot, and white and silver.

3. Apricot is a recessive gene.

Apricot is the dilution of brown. But because apricot is a recessive gene, it is more difficult to achieve in breeding. So, even if two parents have the right genetics, an apricot puppy is the luck of the draw.

4. Apricot is a special Poodle color.

Apricot is the rarest of all Poodle colors. So, if you ever get an opportunity, this poodle pup might be extra special!

5. Poodles are incredibly intelligent canines—regardless of color.

Poodles, next to German Shepherds, are said to be the most intelligent dog breed to exist. Their excellent temperament and ability to pick things up quickly make them excellent candidates for training and emotional support.

Do Apricot Poodles Make a Good Pet?

Apricot is just a color variation that has no bearing on temperament and other factors of your Poodle’s makeup. Poodles make extremely good pets, perfect for families and single people alike.

They are incredibly attached and docile, making terrific judges of character. Plus, they are almost always amazing companions for other dogs or cats. They are also extremely well-mannered, making them excellent additions to senior homes and for those with disabilities.

As we mentioned before, their hypoallergenic nature also makes them an excellent candidate for folks with allergies or breeding partners for other dogs, making Doodle varieties that also carry this quality.

If you want an apricot Poodle specifically, you will have to check with local breeders in your area. If you want one, it might even require travel, depending on your geographical location.

In some cases, you might have to get on a waiting list if you have a color preference—especially one so rare. But if you have your heart set on it, it’s worth it in the end!

Apricot Poodles: The Overview

Available Varieties: Toy, miniature, standard
Coat Length: Long
Coat Texture: Curly, fine
Grooming Needs: High
Training Potential: Very trainable

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The apricot Poodle is a rare find and a hot commodity. If you are lucky enough to find one, don’t expect to get one for cheap. This color variation is one of the most expensive Poodle types, and the price reflects that.

Remember, some shelters and rescues have purebred pets. But if you’re lucky enough to own one, they make exceptional pets and integrate well into just about any lifestyle. You can always check or keep your eye open for online or local listings.

Featured Image Credit: everydoghasastory, Shutterstock

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