The poodle is recognized as one of the smartest breeds. Their ability to memorize and understand human speech makes them one of the best dogs for home keeping. Besides, poodles are gorgeous and attractive. The color of their hair deserves special attention, of which blue is considered one of the most beautiful and, at the same time, rare colors. However, if you have never seen a blue poodle, you will be surprised because it is not blue at all. Let’s figure out together what is this rare and exceptional blue color in poodles.
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What does a blue poodle look like?
Poodles with blue coats do not actually have a coat of this particular color. Puppies are born black, but with age, usually by the age of two, the coat color fades and takes on a “muted” bluish tint. This shade can be obtained by mixing black paint with dark blue and adding a drop of silver to it. In other words, it is an ash color that is too light to be black and too dark to be silver. The blue poodles’ eyes are dark brown, and the nose, rim, and lips are black.
Blue poodles are similar to silvers, as their color is difficult to predict in the first months.
It can take a breeder over three years to find a stunning blue poodle. This is because it takes all the time and effort to create a beautiful blue poodle, and none of this can even guarantee that you will find a beautiful blue coat. Therefore, sometimes even after a long wait, they may not succeed.
Blue poodles have an incomprehensible color that can sometimes be confused with silver poodles. It is important to note that when a blue poodle is born, it comes in black. However, there are few white hairs on its legs. When the puppy is six weeks old, the hair on the legs becomes shinier. Blue wool is not as dark as black but still has the brightness of its color. Meanwhile, the blue poodle does not have a noticeable color change like the silver one. Blue poodles are commonly referred to as midnight blue or navy blue.
In most cases, people have the wrong first impression of a blue poodle because their coat’s color is very similar to black. However, if you look closely at the coat, you will see the differences. Blue is similar to cyan blue, but not glossy like the Yorkshire breed; blue is darker.
Blue poodle puppies
You’ve figured out by now that the blue poodle is not blue at all. The pronounced gene for graying in the black poodle occurs when the dog carries a dominant and recessive silver gene version. Blues have one gene that makes them fade slightly, while silvers have two genes that make them lighter than blue.
When blue poodle puppies are born, many look entirely black, and most of them are usually registered under this color. However, experienced breeders can tell from the start when they have a blue puppy, and not only because these puppies often have white or silver hair between the pads. Blue poodles often have a black coat that is almost brown, which is especially noticeable in bright sunlight. As it matures, the black turns into a deep blue, which some may describe as dark gray. Root hairs can be of different colors, which is noted in the AKC breed standards: “In blues, grays, silver, browns, cafe au laits, apricot and cream tones, the coat can have different shades of the same color.”
However, some blue poodles are actually born blue, which is more apparent than the black puppy, which is considered the dominant color in the breed. Besides, true blue poodles have blackheads and dark eyes, which is the standard regardless of the dog’s coat color. Interestingly, there is a perception that blue has a better coat than silver, which often has a “cotton” texture.
Character traits of the blue poodle
The blue poodle is an active breed, but, despite its mobility, it is mentally balanced and calm. Breeders distinguish the following characteristics of the breed:
- The dog loves children and is attached to the family. He does not distinguish between domestic animals and treats the owner and all other family members well.
- The blue poodle is a very playful dog that enjoys active games such as jumping over obstacles, playing with the ball, or catching cymbals.
- Thanks to the long and thick coat, the blue poodle is not afraid of wind, snow, rain, and drafts. Is suspicious of strangers unless they are children. At first, he growls at an adult, but if he sees that the owner treats the stranger well, he loses interest in the subject.
- The poodle is one of the easiest breeds to train and is suitable for novice dog breeders.
- Miniature and toy poodles are easy to toilet train with disposable diapers or litter boxes. So, you do not need to walk with them in bad weather.
- Standard poodles can be kept outdoors in proper kennels.
- The playfulness of the blue poodle is manifested with other animals. The dog will catch up with an unfamiliar cat or birds, but only out of curiosity about what to play with them. Moreover, poodles treat other pets well.
- Poodles are a non-aggressive breed, and even males are rarely the first to get into fights with other dogs. Thus, miniature and toy poodles should be protected from other large breeds.
- Blue poodles have a keen sense of smell and are sometimes used by customs to search for explosives and drugs.
- A curly-haired dog is an excellent swimmer who will willingly climb into the river for a ball or a stick.
Maintenance and grooming of blue poodle
To keep the blue poodle looking healthy, well-groomed, and tidy, regular grooming of its gorgeous thick coat is essential. It is advisable to brush the dog daily at least three times a week, as its growing hair does not fall out. To do this, purchase a special poodle comb and massage brush.
It would help if you combed the dog, alternating movements along with the coat and against it. First, the hair is combed on the body, then on the paws. If you do not follow this rule, the dog’s coat will get tangled, which is very difficult to get rid of.
The blue poodle is very fond of water, so bathing, which he needs quite often, does not give him any inconvenience. The dog should be washed at least once or twice a month using a special shampoo for long-haired dogs. Before the water procedure, the blue poodle must be thoroughly combed out. If tangles have formed, they must be disassembled or carefully cut with sharp miniature scissors. Foam your dog and rinse thoroughly at least twice. Carelessly washed wool will undoubtedly fall off again quickly.
Another critical element in the care of a blue poodle is a systematic haircut. The elastic and springy coat of this dog is the basis of its decorative effect. When pressing on the wool with the palm, resistance is felt, and it almost instantly returns to its original shape. This feature allows you to model a wide variety of hairstyles, the number of which no dog can match the poodle. In addition to standardized haircuts, there are many new haircuts, among which the most popular are “sport” and “sheep.” They represent simple contouring of the dog’s body.
Shaving the body and limbs should be done every three months, preferably by an experienced groomer.
In order to learn how to cut a blue poodle on your own, reading the instructions will not be enough. It is better to take practical lessons from a master, ideally to take specialized courses. However, everyone can do a hygienic haircut. Regrown hair on the face, under the tail, and in the genital area is cut off monthly with special scissors. Once every two weeks, it is advisable to cut densely growing hair between the toes, cushions, and the toes themselves.
The energetic blue poodle needs physical activity. If the pet lingers too long within the four walls, he will definitely invite his owner to play. It would be best if you walked him at least three times a day. What’s more, at least one walk should be long, and the dog had the opportunity to run without a leash.
The blue poodle can be fed both natural food and convenience foods. Meat products should make up about a third of the diet. Give preference to beef (preferably not frozen), chicken, and beef liver; tripe is very useful. Some of the meat can be cooked. Use oatmeal, rice, buckwheat, and millet as the basis for cereals. You need to cook porridge in water, not in meat broth.
It is permissible to treat your pet with pasta but in minimal quantities. Eggs can be given no more than twice a week. Feed your dog cottage cheese with the same frequency. If he doesn’t want to eat raw foods, offer him cheesecakes. Periodically add vegetables to the diet. It can be done in the form of a salad seasoned with vegetable oil or sour cream. Buy dry food, canned food, and additives to natural food in specialized stores, giving preference to premium products.
Two-month-old poodles are fed 3-4 times a day, while six-month-old ones are fed no more than three. After the dog turns eight months old, the blue poodle is transferred to two meals a day.
Blue is considered one of the rarest coat colors and is found in several breeds, including the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Catahoula Leopard, Italian Greyhound, Irish Wolfhound, Weimaraner, and of course, the poodle. Combining unique beauty and qualities such as high intelligence, innate charisma, and artistry, as well as an unimaginable love for the owner, blue poodles are ideal pets for a large family. Therefore, if you get a chance to meet a real blue poodle, rest assured, you will definitely fall in love with this special color of the poodle.