Apricot Poodles have a sunny, bright color that looks like a dilution of red. Actually, it is possible for Poodle puppies born with a red coat to fade and turn apricot.
Similarly, Poodle puppies born with an apricot coat can darken as they grow older and turn red. However, for a Poodle to be considered apricot, it needs to have been born with an apricot coat.
Most Apricot Poodles will have dark eyes and black points (eye rims, noses, lips, and toenails). While the breed standard allows Apricot Poodles with lighter points, this is not encouraged.
Are Apricot Poodles Rare?
Apricot Poodles are extremely rare. Actually, some breeders consider apricot to be the rarest Poodle color. This can be attributed to the fact that the apricot coloration is caused by a recessive gene that is very difficult to breed for.
Owing to their rarity, there is a very high demand for Apricot Poodles. Sometimes, people interested in Apricot Poodles have to get on a waiting list for months before a pup becomes available. This high demand, unfortunately, makes Apricot Poodles more expensive compared to other Poodle colors.
Apricot Poodle Size
With color being the only difference between Apricot Poodles and other Poodles, you can expect the Apricot Poodle to fall into one of the three official Poodle sizes – standard, mini, and toy. Standard Apricot Poodles are the largest and can get to a weight of up to 75 lbs.
Mini Apricot Poodles weigh between 12 to 20 lbs. Toy Apricot Poodles are the smallest and do not exceed 7 lbs.