Red Standard Poodle History
Materials Compiled and Edited by Kelly Lynn Smith
It took many years to achieve the quality and conformation that we see in the red standard poodles of today. The concept of developing a red standard poodle was first conceived by Ilse Konig of the Shangri-La Kennel when she returned from Germany in 1980 and admired a red miniature poodle at a dog show.
With the assistance of the Palamares Kennel in Oregon; together they embarked upon an experimental breeding by mating a small English apricot bitch (provided by Shangri-la) to an oversize red dog at Palamares. [In Europe, it is acceptable to mate separate size classifications as long as the difference is under 10 centimeters.] Quoting from Ilse Konig “I kept the first litter—4 red babies. The color was stunning and I was dancing from joy! The problem came later on. The heads were Standard Poodles, the legs short like Miniature Poodles. While they were cute, they were not in temperament as I knew the Standard Poodle. They all were smaller than a Standard and they were called a "Caniche", (the in-between size of Mini and Standard Poodle)."
s no red gene pool was available; the largest puppy from each litter was bred, thus gradually increasing the size with each successive generation. "It took several years of mating and keeping red poodle puppies to come up to the standard of the BIG poodle. Today they all fit the bill. There are several Champions now and the size is up to 26 inches. It was a real tough job with lots of frustrations and disappointments- BUT- I had my red Standard Poodle, as you can see in my pictures."
"The turn in the temperament finally came with Coquetel Apollo--who really should be mentioned in all of this. He was the one that brought the good disposition into the red line. Unfortunately, Apollo was shot by a New Jersey breeder while out on a lease because he was chasing his chickens. I believe that the breeders of the Reds have accomplished a terrific feat. To even get one red into the ring would have been impossible in the eighties. While it was a frustrating road for all of us, its amazing to even get that far.” Says Ilse.