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.
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.