A phantom Poodle is not a different breed or type of dog, this is simply a term to describe a particular coloring of the dog.
This type of coloring, while extremely beautiful and preferred by many Poodle owners, is not yet accepted by the AKC in regard to conformation.
This is much different than parti colored Poodles, even though both parti and phantoms have a mixture of 2 colors
. This term only refers to Poodles that have specific markings on a solid background. The solid will usually be:
- Black, cream, apricot, red, white, silver or brown
These dogs are broken down into more detailed groups:
- Black phantoms - black & apricot, black & red, black & cream, black & gray, black & brown or black & silver
- Chocolate phantoms - Brown & apricot
- Red phantoms - red & apricot
- Silver phantoms - silver & cream
The markings must occur on certain parts of the dogs' coat. Many refer to these markings as Dobie markings (short for Doberman), however this pattern also appears on Dachshunds, certain Spaniels, Yorkies, Manchester Terriers and certain Coonhounds. These markings must be:
- Above each eye
- On the sides of the muzzle (also referred to as the side of the cheeks)
- Across the dog's chest
- Down the legs
- Under the tail