Plenty of different Poodle colors exist and two of the most common are the pure white and the magnificent solid black.
We will show you some more information about the Black Poodles and we will explain you what genes take place in the formation of this dog.
The Poodles are with two coats. The outer one is the coat you can actually see and the inner one underneath, which you see only while grooming.
Once hairs of 50 Poodles had been studied with microscope and the researchers discovered that:
70 % of all Black Poodles are with black color inner coat, while the rest 30% are with inner coat, which color ranges from gray to blue.
In 63.7% of the Black Poodles while the dog matures the coat will start turning grayish or white.
If the Poodle is truly black one, it is in the color of deep ink with no blue or silver spots and no silver or white hairs on the outer coat (Still, the blacks’ coat might turn gray with aging).
If shaved, the skin will be also deep black and Poodles with this coloring will be with dark brown eyes and black points. Should the puppy be true black, its color will not fade while maturing.
Sometimes a Black Poodle is Not Really Black..
There are three different types of Poodle colors and all of the pups with them might be born black, so should the newborn Poodle puppy be black, you should check its pedigree and look the dog’s points, in order to realize if there will be any change in the color.
As we said, three differently colored Poodles may be born black and these are:
The Blue Poodles
The Silver Poodles
The true Black Poodles
The silver ones will change their coat color during their first year.
90% of their inner coat will gradually lose its pigmentation and the hairs of the coat will turn into white or will become transparent, while a huge percentage of the dog’s outer coat will be in some color.
Each blue Poodle is born black but the color “clears” within 1-2 years and that is why huge part of the blue colored Poodles are registered in the AKC as black.
Their outer coat is usually really dark and looks like it is black, but the roots of the hairs are in mixed colors and the amounts of the colors vary according to the dog’s age.
When the dogs are in middle age, usually the predominant color is medium brown. If the Poodles is a true blue one, the skin pigmentation will be blue and these dogs usually are with brown eyes.
In order for true black dogs to be produced, there must be three certain enzymes present.
The first of them is called the dark eumelanin enzyme.
This enzyme determines whether the hair will be either dark brown or black.
If the Poodles do not have this enzyme, in their body the Pheomelanin enzyme will be present instead. This would lead to coat with light color.
However, not only the Poodle should has this eumelanin enzyme to be true black – it should also have two accessory enzymes. These are the TRP1 and the TRP2.
All dogs (and animals including people) carry genes from both parents and that’s why Poodle with two black color genes has BB genotype.
Poodles with a black gene factor and a brown gene factor will be with genotype of Bb – then the coat will be black for the black color dominates over the brown one.
If this Poodle is bred, the Bb gene will be passed along and this might lead to black or brown pups, depending on the gene passed down by the other parent.
Do Black Poodles have Different temperament and behavior?
Have you ever heard about the black dog syndrome?
This thing applies to dogs of all sizes. Still, it is more used for dogs of medium to large sizes. Thus, it does not apply this much to the Toy Poodle, as it does to the Standard one.
Nevertheless, while the researches have conducted informal studies, they have not proved this theory that the black colored dogs are not adopted as much as the light colored ones.
There are people who thing that this is the media’s fault for depicting the black dogs as non-friendly and aggressive ones and despite there are shelters which report that it takes longer for dark colored dogs to be adopted, this theory seems to be true only for the mixed breeds.
The Black Poodles do not differ in any way from the other colored dogs for the color of the coat has nothing to do with the personality, socialization or ability of the dog’s which are the factors that determine its behavior.
Black Poodle Care
Caring for the black Poodles is almost the same as caring for other colored Poodle with two minor differences, which are:
1) While the lighter coat shows darker dirt, the black coat shows lighter debris and dirt.
Thus, the dog’s coat may look like it needs less or more grooming, depending on its activities and other things, as the color of the carpeting in your home, etc.
If your dog attracts lint of light color, you can help the coat repel the fine particles by using finishing spray.
2) With time, every color may lose its vibrancy and so may the black.
If your black Poodle is exposed to sun for a long time, its color might start to fade or start turn reddish (there are other factors which can lead to this, as well).
Color enhancing shampoos may keep the color coat as black and deep as possible because they bring the natural color of the hairs out without dying them.
Standard Black Poodle
Miniature Black Poodle