A Parti Colour Poodle, is a poodle that is predominately white (over 50%) broken with irregular patches or spots of a second colour. Writings, drawings, and paintings from the 1700's and 1800's have many examples of the parti coloured poodle.
For some unknown reason, around the turn of the 20th Century the parti colour became unfashionable. However, a few breeders like the late Hon. Mrs. Ionides and her partner Miss Shirley Walne continued to breed them for sheer pleasure.
Multi-coloured Poodles are currently experiencing a strong comeback in the United States and the rest of the world. Within the past decade, there has been a resurgence of the parti colour Poodle. Partis can be registered with both the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club; they may be shown in UKC conformation classes. Other countries are following suit.