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 The American Show Racer The English Show Homer

The NPA Grand National:Lancaster 1997

The Ancient:

The Ancient tumbler breed is also known as the Altstammer Tumbler. It is indeed an ancient breed and has acquired these many names along its path to the 20th century. In general, it is believed to have originated around India. Apparently, Dutch trading ships brought it from there to the Netherlands, were it was further developed and made its way into Russia, hence the Russian name, and from there into Germany. All of this occurred in the 1700s.

This show champion was bred by Thomas Jempty and is banded number 91. It is an excellent example of the color recessive red, in addition to being an excellent example of the breed.

The Show:

If you were wondering just how a champion of any breed is chosen, you have come to the right place. As you can see, each breed has distinctive characteristics. Each pigeon is judged against a set of standards developed specifically for its breed. That little red button you have been seeing on the left will take you to that breed's unique set of standards. Give it a try. Just remember to use the back button on your browser to get back here.


The Standard