First of all- one of the most wonderful BLUE poodles I've ever seen is: Ch Goldmine's Star Sapphire. I saw her at the PCA show, 1997, and will never forget her. She had it all, the expression, the color, the coat quality, and the special blue face!
It has not passed a day, which this dog has not been in my mind!
Guldtackan's BLUE poodles are registration with the name VIOLETT into the registration. This is the definition of that it was for SURE a blue puppies at 5 weeks of age, and puppies born before 1995.
The blue color is probably the most difficult color to breed.
Like the silvers, the color develop during the age of the dog, and even the seasons of the ears, if the sun is too strong, then they gets more brownish, if its winter, they get darker in the coat, but lighter in the pigmentation. And the older the dog gets the lighter it will be. I have even had females who have changed in there blue-color when they have become in season, and after they have get birth to a litter.
The breeding we have got, have had softer coat quality as blues. Witch is the same as more difficult to get them grow to full continental clip!
We have in this litter- witch are 12 weeks now- a blue boy, if he would be an afghan, he would be called " smelling afghan", so I suppose I will call him smelling poodle…?
He's smelling musk oil, and very strong! It's a smell gland some dogs have, and this gland is placed at the eye next to the tear-channel.
This is the first time, in our breeding, of the poodles this have happen. In the past nearly all the blue Afghans of Guldtackan's are smelling Afghans!
Smelling musk oil or not, the blue poodles are a challenge!
You need to have patients, for the color to "grow out", passions to take care of the coat so it grows! Being prepared on that they could look all from "dusty blacks" to dirty brown, the first couple of years! And in cold, rainy weathers they simply gets more tangled than the rest of the colors…But so beautiful to look at, when they are taken care off, as they should!
Then we NEED to remember as well another important detail! When we are breeding dogs who have some accepted colors, we NEED to understand, that a black, is NOT just black, as well as a white is just NOT white, it isn't so easy with the colors!
(If you are breeding a dog breed that ALL colors are accepted, then it's easier)
So, just as normal it is that the silvers develop in different silver. When the silver is "growing out" you can see the silvers with WHITE legs, silver body and BROWN neck! And as long as this is during the time the silver is growing out, it?s ok, but when they are ready, they are suppose to be solid in the color. Says the breeding standard!
The same it is with the blues. They ARE different while they are growing, and they are ALL individuals! But as long as the blue is solid, then we are following the standard for breeding!
Here I'm coming strait on to next PROBLEM with the blues.
The blue color gene exist, how would it be possible to get Weimaraners, blue Grand Danois for example, if we didn't have a blue gene in the breed?
FCI decided to not recognize more than the 5 colors, as: black, white, brown, silver and apricot. This has been going on back and forth for some times. Last time, the blues was not accepted was 1995. Then suddenly, we had a problem, the dogs who could turned out as possible blues, couldn't get a proper pedigree….hm…..what good does this do for the breeding?
So personally, I register the puppies in my silver litters as SILVERS, if they where not whites….since we never mated anything else than silver to silver or silver with whites.
But for keeping the knowledge witch once who was witch colors, we named them different silvers where named with silver into the name and blues got the Violett into their name.
In Sweden we NEED to register the litter and received the pedigrees before they are moving to the new owner at 8 weeks of age. We are not allowed to leave a puppies to the new owner without pedigree. And the Kennelclubb
ennelklubb, tells everyone that after 8 weeks of age, you shall not bye any puppies, they need to be socialised….ja come on!
How many, can for SURE say, that this puppies is for sure BLUE, and not silver, when they are 5-6 weeks old? Sometimes it?s just impossible!
The BLUES are born blue, its nothing they "will be" and DON'T mix the BLUE with a faded black! They will never get blue….
Another very important detail with the blues how needs to be mention is: They are not getting sick, be course they are BLUE! We have got quite a lot of blue standard poodles, all of them, have been happy, outgoing, perfect family dogs. Intelligent and easy to train for different education, not "just" obedience. They are working as blind dogs, militaries dogs, hunting and guarding dogs -the list can be very long here!
We have so far never heard that one of our breeding should be sick, just because it have been born blue! And our first blue litter arrived august 1992.
Hereby follows some photos of the Guldtackan's Blue breeding. In different ages and different time of the year. Hope you will enjoy