comments about the preservation of the red color at the elder age
We can not realise at any
of our red poodles, that the coat in elder age get blunt or get a muddy color, as often is argued.
Our male “Pumuckl
von der Salana“ (1988-2003) was apricot from his 6th year of life. The
male “Rosaline’s Burning Fire” was 16 ½ years old and had also
in his later years a beautiful medium apricot color.
Our now 16 years old bitch
“Queen in red von der Salana“ got in the last 3 years very fine and flimsy coat. But the color is still a beautiful
apricot and better than the color of some young apricot poodles.
The bitch “Undine
Burning Fire von der Salana“ is now 9 years old. Her coat could even now be considered as red, at least dark apricot.
During many years we breed specfically apricot
and red poodles we want to say something about attractiveness of the color for the buyers, because most puppies are sold
as pet dogs.
We have the experience
that puppy buyers, who can pick a puppy out of the litter, prefer that ones with the deepest color. Otherwise passionate
show people prefer apricot puppies, because they are frightened to have fewer chances with a dark (red) puppy in shows.
Since the last 1-2 years
we recognize, that also show people explicitly want to get a puppy with “stronger” or “dark” apricot
About the breeding we can
(also in our property as judges) say that because of the red X apricot breedings in the last 10-15 years there is generally
an improvement of the color apricot in the whole population to register (and last but not least the body of the apricot poodle
altogether is better now).
Regarding the shows (in
it is possible to state, that an apricot poodle (like brown or silver) normally don’t get the same attractivity, that
a black or white poodle only because of the optical effect of the color emanate. We know that and we have to accept this.
But we are convinced that
a poodle with the illuminating power of the red (red-apricot / dark apricot) coat color is absolutely attractive for many
people – if that dog wouldn’t be considered as exotic or excommunicated by the present standard.
Angelika and Dr. Axel Rudolph
Kennel „von der Salana“