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Lucky you to be able to choose from two great breeders! It sounds like both of these breeders are well respected and breed dogs with good health and conformation. As far as traits like height and fading, both reds and browns will fade, but the degree of fading can be genetic. I would look at the parent and grandparent dogs to get a good idea of what to expect years down the line in regard to both color and height. I doubt that red toys as a group are taller, but these particular dogs might tend to be on the larger side. The only thing I can say about reds is that it's seen as harder to produce good reds because the color is relatively new to the poodle breed and hasn't been perfected in conformation. So there's a viewpoint that the more classic colors have the best conformation. Of course when a breeder has reds that win against the blacks, then cheers to them for producing such nice quality red dogs. It sounds like both of your breeders have done very well competing in conformation.

I think you probably can't go wrong with either choice. I would say go with your heart. Whatever your decision is, don't look back after you commit to a pup. He/she will be perfect, no matter the color or size.
 

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You are completely right, it really is about temperament. I wish we could see the pups and get that bond. Apparently both breeders pick the right dog for you based on what you want, so choice seems limited with both which is gutting. Every time we have had a dog we have gone to see the litter and picked the little love who we bonded with there and then. Apricots are so beautiful bet yours is gorgeous and sounds the perfect size!
yeah I had no clue either until a poodle page I came across mentioned this as they are still quite a newish colour and breed from minis more often- I asked a breeder who we chose not to go with and they said a similar thing too- but again I have no idea if this is true but it stuck with me. I havent been able to meet any reds or apricots in real life to see as I find them a bit more hard to come by in the UK, I was planning on going to a few dog shows and discover dogs but they’ve all been postponed to next year so it really hinders us🙈
Personally I really like the breeder choice method. They know the pups much better and are so much more likely to pair correct temperaments.
 
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