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Black Poodle: Facts, Origin, Pictures & History

Written by: Krysha Thayer

Last Updated on May 18, 2024 by Dogster Team

Black Poodle in Grass

Black Poodle: Facts, Origin, Pictures & History

Poodles come in various colors, including apricot, cream, gray, and black. Black poodles are the most common because it is a dominant trait, and they may be born from parents of different colors.

Breed Overview


15 – 24 inches


40 – 70 pounds


12 – 15 years


Apricot, brown, white, gray, black, cream, fawn

Suitable for:

New dog owners, families with older kids, people with allergies


Intelligent, active, friendly, mischievous

Black poodles are one of the most intelligent and popular dog breeds. Learn more about their fascinating history, formal recognition, and suitability as family pets below. We even have a few fun facts for you!

Poodle Characteristics

High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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The Earliest Records of Black Poodles in History

We can trace the black poodle ancestry as far back as the early 14th century. They were initially bred in Germany as water retrievers, hunting down the waterfowl their masters had shot down. Their signature haircut dates back to these early days when it helped them swim better and dry off faster since they often jumped in the water.

The poodle is now the national dog of France, with records of the French monarchy owning them as far back as Louis the XIV during the 17th century. There are signs that the poodle became a significant part of Spanish culture, as they are featured in several paintings of Francisco Goya in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

How Black Poodles Gained Popularity

While black poodles were initially bred as water retrievers, their roles have changed dramatically over the centuries. However, waterfowl hunting wasn’t as popular toward the end of the 19th century, leading to a large population of poodles without many purposes.

Their intelligence and adaptability made them ideal as circus dogs. Poodles are listed as the second smartest dog, falling behind only the Border Collie. This same intelligence made them a top contender for use during WWII. They didn’t get to travel to the frontlines due to their fast-growing coats and need for consistent grooming.

Standard poodles are the oldest of all poodle sizes, but they can now be found in miniature, toy, Moyen, and teacup sizes. Most black poodles are bred for companionship, but some hunters still use them today in favor of more traditional retrieving dogs like Goldens and Pointers.

standing black moyen poodle
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Formal Recognition of Black Poodles

The American Kennel Club recognized the standard poodle in 1887, and it was one of the first breeds honored. In 1912, toy poodles were officially moved to a class of their own, following their growing popularity. It wasn’t until 1931 that miniature poodles got their official recognition.

The United Kennel Club recognized the poodle in 1914, but it was much later, in 2000, that the breed was separated into standard poodle and poodle. While the typical colors of poodles were always allowed, including black, they recently changed their breed standard to include multi-colored coats. The AKC has not followed this change.

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1. Show poodles must have precise haircuts to compete

These are the English Saddle, the Continental Clip, or the Modified Continental Clip.

2. These haircuts date back to their origins in Germany

They were designed to let them dry off quickly but protect their joints and internal organs in cold water.

3. Poodles are one of the most hypoallergenic dog breeds

This is because they have hair, not fur, meaning that they don’t shed but can experience hair loss just like humans.

black toy poodle running
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4. Miniature poodles are often trained as truffle hunters

Their keen sense of smell, but their gentle nature protects the valuable truffle.

5. Prominent figures throughout history have owned poodles

Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn, Grover Cleveland, and many other owned poodles.

6. Poodles of all sizes are excellent swimmers

Their coat is adapted to water.

7. The breed is not known for many health problems

The most common are Addison’s Disease, hypothyroidism, and hip dysplasia.

Black Poodle at the vet
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8. A team of poodles once pulled a sled in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race

They weren’t well adapted to the cold climate though.

9. There are five poodle sizes

Although the AKC only recognizes three poodle sizes.

10. Poodles love people

They even prefer to hang out with humans over other animals.

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Does the Black Poodle Make a Good Pet?

Each poodle has a slightly different temperament, and it may be better for some families over others but can still make a great pet. For example, toy poodles don’t have much patience for hyperactive children, while standard poodles are ready to play and still be gentle. Miniature poodles are somewhere in the middle.

However, all poodles are fiercely loyal and very easy to train. They quickly adapt to a new home and a routine. Poodles are known for being watchful over their humans and make fantastic service and therapy animals. Smaller poodles are fabulous for apartment living.

There are myths that black dogs are more aggressive. This isn’t only about poodles, but all dogs, and it is perpetuated by the media, with the “bad dog” in movies often being black. However, there’s no evidence this is true, and black poodles have the same temperament as their similarly sized but differently colored cousins. Dogster_Website dividers_v1_Jan 18 2024-03


Black poodles are the most popular of all the colors of the breed, and poodles are pretty popular in general. It’s easy to see why, with their gentle and loyal nature. They are smart too! Because they are easily trained, even as puppies, welcoming one to your home may be an easy transition for both of you.

If you consider a pet and feel the black poodle may be right for you, we encourage you to learn more from a reputable breeder or local rescue.

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