Apricot poodles are associated with rich people who want dogs they can pamper and show off, but in reality, poodles were bred to actually perform jobs! Not only do they look fabulous in a show ring, but they were originally bred as water retrievers that were charged with jumping into water and collecting any waterfowl a hunter had managed to fell.
And while their coats may look like they’re cut just to look cute, they really aren’t: the style was developed for a reason. The trimmed areas lightened the weight of a poodle’s coat and made it so it wouldn’t snag on underwater debris while longer areas protected the dog from the cold.
Poodles come in a variety of sizes because they are very popular. Toy poodles stand up to 10 inches at the shoulder; miniature poodles stand 11 to 15 inches; and standard poodles stand about 22 inches at the shoulder. Their weight varies greatly as well – toy poodles weigh between 6 and 9 pounds; miniatures weigh between 15 and 17 pounds; and standards weigh quite a bit more, between 45 and 70 pounds.
Apricot poodles have very gorgeous coats. Their coats are gleaming and usually come in colors varying from very light gold to a reddish gold color, depending. Now, a poodle’s coat requires a lot of attention but if you have allergies you don’t have to worry that an apricot poodle will irritate them – they don’t shed at all.
A lot of time and energy has to go into caring for an apricot poodle’s coat – there is just no way around it. No matter what the actual color of the poodle’s coat is, the hair will be curly. You’ll need to brush your apricot poodle at least every other day to avoid painful, messy-looking tangling and matting. Get them used to extensive grooming very young so they do not put up much of a fight when they’re older.
They should also be bathed regularly, at least twice a month. Their toenails have to be clipped often as well so they don’t cause problems. (If you can hear your apricot poodle walking, it’s time for a nail trim!) You also need to keep their ears very well-cleaned. However, like with all puppies, wait until they have had all their shots and are at least 16 weeks old before you take them to a groomer.
Poodles are known to have big personalities as well. They are very intelligent, loving and loyal to their owners. They are also a bit mischievous and known to have a bit of a “goofy streak.” They’re always up for any kind of game. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have what poodle owners call an “air of distinction.” They are naturally very dignified dogs.
Apricot poodles are very protective of their families and their homes. Properly trained ones are very well-behaved – even reserved – around new people but they do warm up to strangers eventually. Unfortunately, their protectiveness comes with a habit some pet owners find annoying: their natural instinct is to bark at anyone they hear approaching the house so you – and probably half the block – knows that someone is coming into their territory.
Luckily, poodles are also known to be very sharp, intelligent dogs that are highly trainable. In fact, many owners claim their poodles have “human-like intelligence”! They’re also very, very clever. They learn things fast and remember them forever, so training them in good habits is very easy, and training out bad habits is easy, too. Apricot poodles are good companions for children, although younger children should be watched around smaller ones as they may be a bit too rough. Poodles who grow up with other dogs are generally very good to take to dog parks but if your poodle is the only dog in the house, they may need extra training to feel comfortable in a place with many other dogs.
Apricot poodles will live anywhere from 12 to 15 years. They are prone to Addison’s Disease, a serious condition caused by a malfunction in adrenal gland hormones. Dogs with this disease will vomit, have a poor appetite and be very lethargic. Larger poodles are also prone to bloat, which occurs when a dog eats too much at once and then drinks a large volume of water, so watch that.
Apricot Poodles are highly intelligent dogs that are great not only for showing off but also as a loving companion.