The Parti Poodle is a Poodle coat color variation that is a combination of about 50% white coat and another color. The other colors can be red, apricot, blue, grey, cream, silver, silver beige, brown, chocolate, black or cafe-au-lait. White should be the base/primary color of the parti coat with irregular patches of the other another color.
This parti Poodle coat color was once very common in Poodles until it was disqualified.
However, in recent times we have slowly seen Parti Poodles bounce back in popularity.
These dogs are self-confident and highly intelligent similar to other Poodle variations. With that said, you should note that this parti teddy bear is not a separate breed but coat color version.
Keep reading if you are interested in learning more about this incredibly beautiful dog.
Contents and Quick Navigation
- About the Parti Poodle
- General characteristics of the Parti Poodle
- Color variations
- Parti Poodle Temperament and personality
- Frequently asked questions
- Parti Poodle dietary and feeding requirements
- Exercise requirements
- Known health issues
About the Parti Poodle
Most dog lovers are used to solid-colored Poodles with some of the most popular colors being;
But the particolored Poodle has a unique color combination and patterns.
With a white base color and irregular patterns on the white color, these dogs are very interested because no Parti Poodle ever looks like the other.
There is a wide range of color combinations that can occur even in puppies of the same litter and this is something that gives breeders pride.
Fun fact: Parti is a word that was originally used to describe dogs that had more than one color.
A well-bred Parti Teddy Poodle should have a clear and crisp white color with clear lines that separate it from the other color. This means that the secondary color should not be fading into the white coat.
But before we get into the details about this dog, we should look a bit into his history.
Parti-colored french Poodle history
The Parti Poodle was once a very popular color in these dogs.
This is evidenced by their depiction in numerous drawings and paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries.
However, in the 20th century, this would later change as Poodle clubs in the US and the UK disqualified any Poodles that did not have solid colors from conformation shows.
We do not know why those in charge decided to do this as there are no written records of the reasons behind this.
But thanks to the internet and the power of social media, this parti dog is slowly starting to regain his lost popularity.
In 2002, the Multi-colored Poodle Club was formed they register all multi-colored Poodles including the Parti Poodle.
The United Kennel Club also lifted the disqualification of multi-colored Poodles. Parti Poodles are therefore accepted in UKC conformation shows.
However, this dog is not eligible for AKC shows although they can be registered under the Kennel Club.
5 Fun facts of the Parti-colored Poodles
- These dogs are popular in French royalty.
- Royalty used them as warmers thanks to their fluffy hypoallergenic coats.
- They were once the most common Poodle color variation.
- These dogs are great at obedience and agility competitions.
- Parti Poodles come in three main sizes namely: Toy, Miniature, and Standard size.
Pros and cons
✓ Intelligent and easy to train.
✔ Minimal shedding.
✔ Well-tempered and friendly.
✓ Great at agility.
✗ Can bark a lot.
✘ Destructive when bored.
✗ Prone to anxiety and loneliness, especially left alone for extended periods.
General characteristics of the Parti Poodle
|Parti Poodle summary table|
|Height||Toy: Under 10 inches
Miniature: 11 to 15 inches
Standard: Over 15 inches
|Weight||Toy: 6 to 9 pounds
Miniature: 15 to 17 pounds
Standard: 45 to 70 pounds
|Breed Type||Mixes and more|
|Suitable For||Families, Seniors, Couples and Singles|
|Health concerns||Progressive retinal Atrophy, Addison’s disease, Hip Dysplasia|
|Temperament||Obedient, Social, Friendly, Athletic, Loving and Intelligent|
|Other names||Parti French Poodle, Parti Caniche, Parti Barbone|
The only difference between the Parti Poodle and the “standard” Poodle is color. They have the same behaviors, coat types, and other physical features similar to other Poodles.
These dogs are well proportioned and squarely built with dark dazzling eyes and black noses.
Parti Poodles have coats with tight curls that can be short to long. These coats are extremely soft when these dogs are young and become coarser as they age.
Poodles are popular for having hypoallergenic coats that have little to no shedding. This means that they are great for people with allergies.
When it comes to Parti Poodle’s coat colors things get interesting.
The patches on this dog’s coat are unique to every individual Parti Poodle, the same way human fingerprints can never be alike.
Here is what a Poodle needs to have to be particolored;
- More than 50 % of the coat should be white with random and irregular patches.
- White should be the primary color.
Color changes are also an interesting aspect of this pooch. The coat color a Parti Poodle is born with may change as he gets older from blending colors to more clear and crisp colors.
Color variations include;
|Chocolate Parti||Black Parti||Blue Parti|
|Cream Parti||Red Parti||Gray Parti|
|Silver Parti||Brown Parti||Apricot Parti|
So how is a Parti French Poodle bred?
Mating 2 Parti Poodles will always produce a parti offspring.
However, even when this is done the colors and patches of the pups in the litter will be different.
You cannot predict how the offspring will be but an experienced and specialized breeder can only make an educated guess.
And just as it is will many dog colors, genetics is responsible for the particolored coat.
Parti coat genetics
The MITF (Microphthalmia Associated Transcription Factor) gene is responsible for these random color patches.
And because this is a recessive gene, both the sire and the dam have to carry this gene.
The Parti gene is responsible for the white primary color that mostly appears on the tail, chest, and legs.
You can know if your Poodle carries this gene by getting a DNA test.
This gene can also produce Poodles that are considered faults and they include;
- Tuxedo Poodles
- Ticking Poodles
- Mismark/Abstract Poodles
These faults should not be a problem because most dog lovers will have no intention of showing their dogs. Therefore, you should not stop these “faults” stop you from getting a pooch you consider beautiful.
1. Tuxedo Poodles
These Poodles have unique and special markings in some parts of the Poodle.
They should have;
- A white chest (white bib) that may or may not extend and around the canine’s neck that looks like a collar.
- Dark-colored saddles (backs). The dark color does not necessarily mean black.
- A white color that extends from the belly to the legs and paws. The white color on the belly should touch the bib
2. Ticking Parti Poodles
A Ticking Poodle is a Parti Poodle with dark spots. These spots occur with the white/light parts of the coat.
The gene that is responsible for this ticking colorations is a dominant gene meaning that mating a solid color Poodle with a Ticked Parti Poodle will give you ticking offsprings.
Most breeders and conformation shows may see this as a flaw, but these canines are extremely beautiful.
3. Abstract/Mismark Poodles
Mismark Poodles are different from most Poodles in that the white parts of the coats make up for less than 50% with another color.
In this case, white is the secondary color and the other color is primary.
The white color can be found in the following areas;
- Tail tip
These Poodles are also known as abstract Poodles and can be confused for Tuxedo Poodles.
Parti Poodle Temperament and personality
Color does not affect the traits of a Parti Poodle or make him different from other Poodles that are colored differently.
Other than having great look, Parti Poodles have superb personalities this is one of the reasons for their increasing popularity.
They are super adaptable but if you are an apartment dweller you should get a miniature or toy-sized pooch and make sure you provide him with enough stimulation.
These dogs thrive on human affection and are prone to developing separation anxiety when left alone for long. Leaving them alone for long could also make them destructive and bark a lot.
They are also great around other people and have no aggressive tendencies.
Is the Parti-colored Poodle a Good family dog?
This is a loving and exceptional family dog.
Every family can find a Parti Poodle size that is the best fit for them depending on how active they are.
Frequently asked questions
How long does a Parti Poodle live?
The average life expectancy of a parti Poodle is between 12 and 15 years. However, a Toy Parti Poodle can live for up to 18 years.
Are Parti Poodles more expensive?
The price of a Parti colored Poodle can vary depending on your location, pedigree, and the breeders. These parti dogs are not common and require specialized breeders that can charge you more for the parti coat as compared to other Poodle breeders.
Can you show Parti Poodles?
The Parti Poodle can be registered under the American Kennel club but he cannot be shown in their conformation shows. On the other hand, you can register and show Parti Poodles under the UKC.
How big does a Parti Poodle get?
The Parti Poodle can in three sizes, the standard size (45 to 70 pounds), the miniature size (15 to 17 pounds), and the toy size (under 10 pounds).
The average litter size of a Parti Poodle can range between 3 and 6 puppies depending on the size.
Parti Poodle puppies cost between $1200 and $2500.
You should get this dog from a reputable and specialized breeder. Avoid getting a pup from a questionable breeder or if you see any red flags.
Do your due diligence and research on the best breeder you can get this pooch from.
The Parti Poodle is a low shedding but low shedding dog.
You should brush the dog’s coat at least 4 times a week to keep it free of knots and tangles which may eventually lead to the formation of mats.
Some dog lovers also prefer to keep the coat short to make it easier to maintain.
Parti Poodle dietary and feeding requirements
There two main things that you should keep in mind while feeding this pooch namely:
- Level of activity
- Size of the dog
Depending on the dog’s size you should make sure that this canine gets enough calories to meet his energy needs.
A general rule of thumb is to give the dog 3o calories for every pound.
|Parti Poodle Daily Food Consumption|
|Guide||200 to 1600 calories|
|Cups of Kibble||1 to 3|
Also, ensure that the dog’s diet has enough proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
The meals should be high-quality and should be split into at least 2 daily portions.
These are high energy and athletic dogs that will need enough daily exercise.
- Standard Parti Poodle: upwards of 75 minutes.
- Miniature Parti Poodles: about 60 exercise minutes.
- Toy Parti Poodles: about 30 exercise minutes.
Known health issues
The Parti gene is not associated with any health problems.
However, this dog is also susceptible to other health issues that may be suffered by other Poodles such as;
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Addison’s disease
- Hip Dysplasia
The Parti Poodle has all the qualities that make him a lifelong companion.
These dogs are athletic, friendly, and allergy-friendly.
They are also super intelligent and are always eager to please.
If you any other questions about this Poodle variation, you can let us know in the comment section below.
There you go, WOOF!
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