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 The Pomeranian Pouter has a very large crop 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 Show Racer as we know it today is truly an American pigeon breed The English Show Homer

The NPA Grand National:Lancaster 1997

The American Show Racer

The Show Racer as we know it today is truly an American pigeon breed Its development was started in the east by numerous Racing Homer men who liked the "pretty ones" and started holding back a few of their better looking birds from the races to enter in the shows. These better looking birds were mated together and gradually the Show Racer started to evolve. Showing had been going on during the late 1920's and 1930's in the eastern US, but what really started the Show Racer on its way was the formation of two show clubs in New England and New York and the creation of a standard and drawing of the ideal Show Racer during the early 1940's. That original drawing of the perfect bird and much of the written standard is what we use today.

Ron Whitson and his brother Ralph, friends and fellow members of my local club, the Puget Sound Pigeon Club, bred this young cock number 1201.

The Show:

Attending a pigeon show does not cost you an arm or a leg even if you take the whole family. In fact, most pigeons shows in the States are absolutely free, and cost only little in European countries. Entering birds for competition is also very reasonable, varying from as low as a dollar to a hight of about 4 per entry in the larger national exhibitions such as this one at Lancaster. Pigeons also eat very little and grain is relatively inexpensive, making this hobby within reach of most families.