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There are 8 red standard poodles titled as AKC CH. It isn't the color that hinders us, so much as the QUALITY of the color, which has caused us to be overlooked in the conformation ring for years.
Until QUALITY Color is presented to judges, consistently
, their perceptions of what they are about to see/seeing will not change.
Annie - AKC CH Antoinette Bordeaux du NOLA's Caniche Rouge is the 7th Red Standard Poodle AKC CH. I will repeat Mosie x Annie late next year.
Raquel - AKC CH Lido's Rockin Red Raquel is the 8th Red Standard Poodle AKC CH. Her breeding is planned for early 2013 I believe.
So - showing and finishing
red AKC CH you have the following: NOLA Standards (and I have not placed an intact pup though I might would consider a great home on a co-own) and Lido's/Magic Castle. Farley's D has not had any red in the ring for a few years but they did breed Chelsea and Cello - the second and third red AKC CHs. Arreau's Journey has Cello in her pedigree).
Showing apricot and succesfully titling in AKC - NOLA, Lumiere, Farley's D, and Retniw (Annie's apricot pup DrewBrees - is currently in the AKC ring and doing very well towards his AKC CH).
Actively Showing in AKC though not yet titled: Patriot and Regaliz - Paul and Glen Romberger with Sunshine (I do not know their Kennel Name).
There are also some very successful reds and apricots titled in Field Work - Louter's has the only triple titled poodle - and he is red!
You can watch for AKC GRAND Champion Le Glorious Lombardi du NOLA's Caniche Rouge at the Eukenuba National Dog Show in Orlando. I know the Groups will be televised, not sure about the Breed.
Lombardi is the only apricot dog AKC Grand Champion.
Terry Farley's girl, Xena, is the only apricot bitch AKC Grand Champion.
My intent with this post is...ok - to brag a bit - the NOLA color Krewe deserves it
- and to verify who IS and who is not showing color in AKC. Drama aside, it's pretty easy to call out who is invovled and who is not.
NOTE: There are quite a few titles in UKC - and they should be noted. I am not involved in UKC and can not speak with any authority regarding who is in the ring and who is not. Same goes for Canada Conformation.
Health IS a high priority of quality breeders and this (moi) show breeder in particular. Afterall, most pups are placed in pet homes to be family members and what I hope and plan for them is great long healthy loving lifes.
All of the color breeders I mentioned are involved in the breed, members of All Breed Clubs and they are all testing and doing so repeatedly.
PS Photos of Lombardi, Annie and Brees are in thumbnail
PSS As Cavon stated - and to steal from a bumper sticker " A well rounded dog has a title on both ends!" Bardi will get his CGC once he is finished his show career and Annie has 2 legs towards her AKC CA Title. I DO think titles should be on both ends. I will also say that conformation is as intensive as field work. An owner who can do both deserves Kudos!