Parti Poodle

Poodles come in many different colors and patterns. While each has its unique charm, few can match the refreshing quality that the unique Parti Poodle’s beautiful markings have.

A Parti Poodle is a variety of the Poodle dog breed characterized by a coat that has white fur covering more than 50% of the body. They are usually two-toned, with the second, darker color appearing as patches randomly on the dog’s body.

Parti Poodles get their unique markings from the MITF gene. This recessive gene influences the distribution and functionality of melanin cells. In addition to the unique markings, Parti Poodles have a few interesting personality traits, as well as caring needs that make them different from other single-tone Poodles.

In the sections below, we shall take a look at all these things that you need to prepare yourself for if you want a Parti Poo so that you know what you are getting yourself into.

Are Parti Poodles Purebred?

Parti Poodles are purebred Poodles. They stand out with their coat markings.

If you are interested in getting yourself a Parti Poo, you need to understand what they look like to avoid falling for scams that push varieties like merle or spotted Poodles as Parti Poodles.

Here are the most important physical traits that will let you know that you are dealing with a Parti Poodle.

Coat Markings

The coat markings on a Parti Poodle dog are the most distinguishing feature of this Poodle variety. The doggies are two-toned with a combination of white and another dark color.

The white fur covers more than 50% of the dog’s body. The actual extent varies from one Parti Poo to another.

The darker tone on the Parti Poodle can be any acceptable color found in Poodles. This includes colors such as black, brown, apricot, silver, red, cream, or café au lait. These darker colors will appear as markings randomly over the Parti Poodle’s body.

Coat Type

The coat on a Parti Poodle is just like what you would expect to find with any other Poodle. It is dense and made up of tightly curled, coarse fur strands. This gives the Parti Poodle its beautiful, fluffy appearance.


Parti Poodles come in 3 different sizes as do Poodles in general. These three sizes are the Standard PoodleMiniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle variants. The parti markings can occur in pretty much any size variation of the Poodle dog breed.

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How Long Do Parti Poodles Live?

Parti Poodles can live for anywhere between 10 years and 15 years. The biggest determinant of the Parti Poo’s lifespan is the size. Smaller Poodles like the Toy Poodle tend to live longer than the larger Standard Poodle.

The Parti Poo’s health also determines how long they live as well as the quality of the dog’s life. Here are 3 of the common health issues that Parti Poodles face that may influence the length of their lives.

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus is a potentially life-threatening condition that causes twisting of the stomach after dilation by food or excess fluids. The condition typically affects larger dogs and is thus most likely to occur in standard-sized Parti Poodles.

Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease in Parti Poos occurs when the dog’s adrenal glands fail to produce enough of the corticosteroid hormones. These hormones are crucial in all aspects of the dog’s life, from controlling electrolyte levels to metabolic regulation.

The lack of or inadequacy of these hormones in Addison’s Disease will manifest in mostly vague symptoms. You may notice your Parti Poodle vomiting excessively, getting tired quickly, and generally unlike themselves in terms of mood and energy levels.


Parti Poodles also may suffer from hypothyroidism. Like Addison’s, hypothyroidism is a hormonal disorder. The thyroid glands in the Parti Poo fail to produce enough thyroid hormones.

As with Addison’s disease in Parti Poos, the low levels of thyroid hormones have vague symptoms as the hormones are used in many different systems and body processes.

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How To Take Care Of Parti Poodles?

Parti Poodles are not different from any other type of Poodle in terms of their maintenance needs. They generally have moderate to low maintenance needs, which makes them ideal for first-time dog owners, as well as for people with very busy schedules.

All you have to do to ensure that you take good care of your Parti Poodle is to understand their specific needs and find ways to meet them. Here are some of the most important care needs that Parti Poos have.

A Healthy Diet

Your Parti Poo needs a healthy and well-balanced diet to stay strong, live long, and maintain the beauty of its uniquely marked coat.

For this, we recommend Pet Plate. They make their dog food with real, human-grade ingredients and freeze them while fresh for chemical-free preservation.

Dietary Supplementation

In addition to feeding your Parti Poodle good quality dog food, it is a great idea to supplement their diet with micronutrients and other compounds they may need.

This includes vitamins, healthy fats, probiotics, and minerals that will help with their coat health, immunity, gut health, and general well-being.

For Parti Poodles with joint problems, supplements with compounds like MSM, chondroitin, and glucosamine also have a lot to offer.

Regular Exercise

Your Parti Poodle’s exercise needs depend mainly on their size. If you have a Miniature Parti Poo, you will have the most work to do as these dogs are very energetic and need about 2 hours of exercise every day.

Toy and Standard Parti Poodles are a bit less demanding in terms of exercise needs and can do with an hour of intense activity every day.

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Do Parti Poodles Bark A Lot? Temperaments Of Parti Poodles

The genes responsible for a Parti Poodle’s markings have absolutely no effect on the dog’s personality. What has the biggest influence is the dog’s size. Standard Parti Poos tend to be aloof, confident, and very intelligent.

Miniature and Toy Parti Poodles are goofier and more friendly but may need some socialization training.

For some perspective on what you can expect, here are some of the most common personality traits of a Parti Poodle of any size.


Parti Poodles form very deep bonds with their human companions and are loyal almost to a fault. This means you don’t have to worry about your Parti Poo running away.


Like any other Poodle, Parti Poos are very intelligent dogs, according to Stanley Coren’s list. They are particularly easy to train, especially if you have incentives like treats and you keep the training sessions short.


Parti Poodles are typically very obedient dogs. They may not be as eager to please as other dog breeds but they will usually follow commands without a fuss, especially with training.


While Patri Poodles are obedient and intelligent dogs, they have a destructive side. This comes out when they are not adequately physically and mentally engaged, in which case they act out due to boredom.


A Parti Poodle is the kind of dog you may not want to get if you don’t like loud dogs. They can be very yappy, especially if you have a Toy Parti Poodle. They usually bark out of anxiety or boredom, both of which are very easy to deal with.

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Do Parti Poodles Fade? Grooming Tips For Parti Poodles

Parti Poodles are not exempted from the glorious hypoallergenic perks of the Poodle dog breed. The tight curls on the Parti Poo’s coat minimize shedding. This makes them a fantastic option for dog lovers who, unfortunately, suffer from dog allergies.

However, this does not mean that Parti Poodles do not shed or that they do not need to be properly groomed on a regular basis. Here are 2 of the most important coat care practices to help keep your Parti Poodle’s coat beautiful and healthy.

Brush Your Parti Poodle 3 Times A Week

Parti Poodles are prone to developing knots and mats due to the tight nature of their curls and the coarse texture of the fur. The best way to prevent this is through regular brushing.

Brushing your Parti Poodle three times a week should be enough to detangle any knots before they develop into messy mats.

You will need a strong grooming tool to work on the dense Parti Poodle coat. We recommend the FURminator Undercoat Tool, which in addition to being strong enough for the Parti Poo’s coat, has a fur ejector design for easy maintenance.

Wash Your Parti Poodle Once A Month

Parti Poodles do not have the nasty dog smell that other dog breeds have. However, the predominantly white coat can very easily get dirty or stained which is why regular baths are a crucial part of the Parti Poo’s grooming routine.

We recommend the Seamus Cherry Blossom Whitening Dog Shampoo. Its whitening formula helps to ensure that the Parti Poodle’s white coat remains brilliantly colored and beautiful.

How Much Does A Parti Poodle Cost? A Parti Poodle will cost you between $700 and $2,000. This depends largely on the breeder’s reputation and how accessible the Parti Poodle parents are for breeding of the Parti Poo puppies. The size of the Parti Poodle also matters a lot in terms of priceStandard Parti Poodles are the most expensive and can go for as much as $5,000.

What Is The Difference Between A Parti Poodle And A Phantom Poodle? The difference between a Parti Poodle and a Phantom Poodle is the distribution of markings on the Poodle’s coat. On a Parti Poodle, the dark patches cover less than 50% of the dog’s body and are randomly distributed. A Phantom Poodle may or may not have 50% of the body covered by white fur. The markings may be white, tan, or other dark color and are limited to the muzzle, chin, eyebrows, and paws.

How Do You Get A Parti Goldendoodle? Parti Goldendoodles are developed through generational breeding. This is where the mixed dog is developed from other Goldendoodles as opposed to breeding between a Parti Poodle and a Golden Retriever. This is because the genes responsible for parti coloring are recessive and absent in Golden Retrievers. Therefore, two Goldendoodles carrying the parti gene are required to produce an offspring of the Parti Goldendoodle.

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