Writings, drawings, and paintings from the 1700's and 1800's have many examples of the parti-color Poodle. In fact, several historical books about dogs, under the heading "The Poodle", show a drawing or painting of a Poodle which is parti colored, such as the one opposite.
For some unknown reason, around the turn of the 20th Century the parti color was ostracized; however, a few breeders like the late Hon. Mrs. Ionides and her partner Miss Shirley Walne continued to breed them for sheer pleasure. In an article by Ann Cambray Coppage (Vulcan Kennels) titled Particolour Poodles which appeared in the August 1977 issue of "Our Poodles, Salute to Britain", she wrote: "The character of the particolours was always unique; somehow they had an extra dimension -- just that bit more clever, amusing or intelligent than their solid-colour littermates. Naturally enough, it was always they which caught the eye of prospective purchasers -- and often there was a waiting list for the next one expected."
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Within the past decade, there has been a resurgence of the parti color Poodle. Partis can be registered with both the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club; however, while they may be shown in conformation classes in UKC shows, due to the fact that the Poodle Club of America does not currently recognize the parti color, multi-colored Poodles cannot be shown in AKC *conformation* classes (although they may be shown in any other AKC class).
Historically the parti color was common in Poodles. It was not until around the turn of the 20th century that for some unknown reason Poodle clubs disqualified the parti color. However, multi-colored Poodles are currently experiencing a strong comeback in the United States and abroad.
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The Parti Poodle
The Association du Caniche Bicolore en France was officially brought to life in July 2008.
Since the 14th of May 2008, the Club has been working diligently to promote parti Poodles by maintaining an informative website, contacting various mass medias, and participating in exhibitions all over France
In mid 2006, the first parti colored Standard Poodle arrived in New Zealand from Alabama, U.S.A. and is registered with the New Zealand Kennel Club.