What is the difference between a blue and a 'bad black'? Also, do blues have white guard hairs or are they supposed to be blue all over? Also, is there is a difference between blue and gray?
Thank you for your in-depth reply! It is so helpful. I finally get it.A bad black is just a black dog who has more white hair that they should. Blue dogs are black born dogs whose color fade with time, usually starting around 2 years old, sometimes earlier. For a while you might not be certain what your dog is, but after a while, the «blue » patches become more and more visible until the dog’s color has totally changed. It will take 2-3 years for the complete change.
Blues do have white guard hair. There is no « gray » poodles, they are called silvers. Silvers are born with a pale face, so they are recognizable almost from birth, when you shave their face. Blues will sometimes be noticeable as young as silvers; their face will be a paler black, but not nearly as pale as silvers. But often, you can’t recognize a blue until later, when their hair starts changing to a fading, greyish color.
It’s hard to describe, search for pictures online or on the forum. There is a blue poodle thread also.