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.
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