My name is Terence R Farley and I have been breeding red and apricot standard poodles in the United
States for the past 16 years. Although it is a difficult task to breed poodles
of this color, that are competitive with black and white poodles, it has not been impossible. In the United States we have only three red standard poodle champions. I am
the breeder of two of the three.
The gene pool for both apricot and red poodles is very limited and diversity is problematic at best.
I realize that the FCI to date has not recognized red poodles. I am appealing to the council that governs such
decisions to reconsider this stand. The introduction and recognition of red poodles would increase the gene pool for
apricot and red breeders. This will provide a more diverse breeding program for the breeders of apricot poodles.
Diversity will benefit poodles genetic health and longevity of the breed. The goal of all breeders of pure bred dogs
should be to improve the breed to which they have chosen, one way to improve poodles is to have dogs of excellent quality,
conformation and health to select and breed. Limiting the gene pool is detrimental to the breed and in the long
run will create problems that will be difficult if not impossible to overcome.