Return to the Pigeon Cote     The Giant Runt is the largest of the domestic pigeon family. The Carneau is another very large pigeon The Capuchine is not a bird of size, but rather of grandeur The Ancient The Chinese Owl isn't from China The Fantail breed originated in India The American Fantail has been highly modified This breed, the Mookee, is also from India The Voorburg Cropper is a fairly new breed This breed, the Mookee, is also from India The Gimple the most brilliantly colored pigeons of them all The Nun was once known as the Dutch Shell Pigeon Frillbacks are an old breed The Komorner Tumbler origianted in Germany The Hungarian Oriental Frills are the jewels of the pigeon world The American Show Racer The English Show Homer

The NPA Grand National:Lancaster 1997

The Pomeranian Pouter:

You can see the pouter/cropper family trait here again--the neck blown up into a large balloon. But there are a more than a few differences between the Voorburg Cropper and the Pomeranian Pouter. The two most noticeable are the markings and the feathering on the feet. This pouter variety originated in the Pomerania section of Germany. It is a direct descendant of the Dutch Cropper and was developed by breeders who favored longer legged pouters with an upright carriage. One of the specialty clubs promoting these breeds is on the web.

This old hen, number 113,was bred by Joe Oldja.

The Show:

There is another difference between the shows in the states and those in Europe. Most often the birds compete against each other within their class. The bird that best represents its breed is placed first, the next one second, and so on. In Europe and with a few clubs in the States, the birds are not measured against each other, but rather against the standard. The birds are rated from perfect examples to the lowest ratings. It is possible, then, to have several tied for first, second, third, etc.

The Standard