Coat color cannot be known in advance, as well. However, if 2 dogs of the same solid color are bred and when looking at pedigree, if those solids are shown though the past 3 generations, one can have more assurance as to the color of the puppies….For example a tan Chi with a tan Poodle. If one is able to look back through 5 generations, this is even better.
We must note, that as Poodle experts, we along with the AKC and the Poodle Club of American do believe that mixed breeding should not be done. Why? Because each time it is, the Poodle line loses a bit of its strength. It is only through careful breeding that the Poodle line can continue to be perfected and strengthened.
However, to be fair to both sides on this issue, the American Canine Hybrid Club argues that many of the breeds we know of and love today, are a direct result of cross breedings in history… were it not for this, we would not have many dogs that are so popular. For example, the tiny Pomeranian, a toy dog, originated from a much larger dog and bred down in size, thus becoming the Pomeranian.