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Parti Poodle: Facts, Pictures, Origin & History

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on May 3, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Parti Poodle: Facts, Pictures, Origin & History

The Parti Poodle is a color variant of Poodles that stands for “part white and part black, brown, red, or blue.” Typically, Poodles are solid colored and come in all black, all white, all red, etc., so the Parti Poodle is a rare and desirable color.

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

This color variant can be seen in Toy, Miniature, and Standard Poodles and has no effect on the characteristics of the breed, other than its appearance.

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 Parti Poodles in History

Despite the recent surge in popularity, Parti Poodles are not a new variant. Drawings and paintings of Poodles in the 1800s—or earlier—show coloration with white and black or white and brown. The most famous record of Parti Poodles is from 1631 when Rembrandt was painted with his brown-and-white Poodle.

As breed standards from the American Kennel Club arose, Parti Poodles became undesirable for showing and breeding. Professional breeders sought to selectively breed the Parti coloration out, making them scarce.

Standard Parti Poodle dog in a park
Image Credit: Racheal Grazias, Shutterstock

How Parti Poodles Gained Popularity

Because of the scarcity created by selective breeding, Parti Poodles are now a rare and sought color variant of the already popular Poodle breed. Some Poodle owners want Parti Poodles because they’re exotic and unique looking, commanding higher prices for attractive puppies.

Still, the Parti Poodle is not recognized by the AKC for conformation shows, which evaluate the shape or structure of the animal and its appearance. The desire for Parti Poodles is limited to dog owners looking for rare and unique pets, not among serious dog show competitors.

Formal Recognition of Parti Poodles

The Poodle was officially recognized by the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom in 1874 and the AKC in 1886, not long after the founding of both clubs. Currently, the AKC recognizes Toy, Miniature, and Standard Poodles sizes.

The other Poodle variety, the Medium Poodle, is recognized by smaller Continental European kennel clubs. This size falls in between the Standard and Miniature Poodle. The recognition of this variety was motivated by the desire to reduce the number of entries of Poodles by variety at dog shows.

As mentioned, the Parti Poodle is banned from showing in conformation shows. A Parti Poodle from AKC-registered Poodle parents can be registered with the AKC, however.

Top 4 Unique Facts About Parti Poodle

1. Parti Poodles Must Be 50% White.

Parti Poodles have to have at least 50% white with patches of a second color distributed across the body to be considered a Parti Poodle. Patterns are always unique and random.

2. Parti Poodles Are Often Mistaken for Phantom Poodles

Though they may look similar to the untrained eye, Parti Poodles and Phantom Poodles are two different color variants. The Phantom Poodle has a solid coat color and small portions of a secondary color, but it only covers small parts of the body like the chest, eyebrows, or legs. Parti Poodles are defined by the random and uneven patterns and distribution of white and a secondary color.

Happy Black and White Standard Parti-Colored Poodle
Image Credit: Ellen V, Shutterstock

3. Parti Poodles Can Be a “Surprise.”

Despite selective breeding efforts, Parti Poodles are sometimes a “surprise” in the little. They can appear in solid-colored litters, or half the litter may be solid and half Parti. Some litters may be only Parti puppies.

4. Parti Isn’t Limited to Purebred Poodles

Parti Poodles come up in Toy, Miniature, and Standard Poodles, but they’re also common in Doodle mixes like the Sheepadoodle or Bernedoodle. Because these mixed breeds aren’t appropriate for showing, Parti puppies may not be as rare or sought by pet owners.

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Does the Parti Poodle Make a Good Pet?

Parti Poodles are just a coloration. Otherwise, the pet is a Poodle and will likely have the intelligence, affection, and friendliness the breed is known for. These dogs are high-energy and require a lot of exercise and quality time, or they may become destructive or display behaviors like reactivity or separation anxiety.

As far as care, Poodles are low-maintenance and low-shedding dogs. They do need brushing and bathing to keep their coats clean and free of mats, as well as regular ear cleaning, dental cleaning, and nail trimming.

Poodles are a good choice for single owners and families with children or other pets, provided they’re well socialized from a young age. They develop strong attachments to one person, but they generally get along with the rest of the family.

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Parti Poodles may not be show-quality Poodles, but they’re no less intelligent, affectionate, or desirable for it. Though many pet owners prefer Parti Poodles or mixes for their unique look, they share the same characteristics that make the Poodle a popular dog breed in the first place.

Featured Image Credit: Racheal Grazias, Shutterstock

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