The Fantail breed originated in India and came to the States in a crate of
snakes destined for the San Diego Zoo. Pigeons that have a particular pattern
of white and colored feathers make up distinct classes within their breed.
The marking on this pigeon is called shield or saddle marked. There are several
other types of Fantail breeds, and the Cote's Breed Highlight section has
Rick Leimann bred this recessive red saddle marked champion pigeon. She is an old hen, number 751.
At even the most smallest shows in the states, the breeds are generally classified into three main groups, utility, sporting, and fancy breeds. As the shows get larger, more groups are added. The rare breeds class is another group often seen in the States. Best of breed winners go on to compete against other best of breed winners in each group. So you will have a best fancy, best utility, and so on. This Fantail, like the Chinese Owl in the preceding slide, would belong to the fancy group.