The 6th Revier-Show 9 & 10 January 2016 in Dortmund


Hubbel-Pigeons in the sales section

The 6th Revier show took place in cooperation with the German Racing Homer exhibition. The approximately 1,700 fancy pigeons were shown in the same hall of the approximately 1,200 pigeons in the racing homer section. 30 % of the homer section, however, were not racers used in racing contests, but beauty pigeons without any flying record. In a short time over some years, the appearance has clearly removed from that of the working homers. This was already obvious by the comparison of the racing pigeons selected as 'standard cock' and 'standard hen' from the performance classes with the' most beautiful' cock from the beauty class (see Fig. 1).

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Fig. 1: Standard cock and hen (left and middle) from the flying section and most beautiful cock in the beauty section of the racing homer show

Such a development probably is inevitable for breeds that are selected for beauty only. That still happened about 1870 in England with the creation of the Show Antwerp from Belgian racing homers. Antwerp was the English name for continental homers, because they were shipped to England via the port Antwerp. 'Show Antwerp' thus means 'Belgian Racing Homers for show purpose'. Shortly later the Show Homer and many other spin-offs from the Belgian Racing Pigeon followed up to the present time.

Also the German Schautaube (German Beauty Homer)  had originally started as a German exhibition homer pigeon (Deutsche Schönheitsbrieftaube) and was displayed under this name in the book of Schachtzabel 1910. The name changed to German Exhibition Pigeon (Deutsche Schautaube), and the individuals from 1954, as it was shown in the monograph by Weger, differed little at that time to today's new exhibition pigeons in the racing homer section and Polish and Belgian exhibition homers (Fig. 3). For anyone seriously interested in one of the breeds of this breed group, a look at the author's book 'homing pigeons and their relatives' or at least in the relevant chapter in 'Pigeon Genetics' is highly recommended. One cannot understand the own breed, if one does not know their history and their relatives.

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Fig. 2: Cover of the (German language) book 'Racing Homers and their Relatives', Fig. 3. German Beauty Homers about 1950 from the brochure Richard Weger, Die Deutsche Schautaube, Bochum 1954. Photos from  p.  102 of  'Brieftauben und ihre Verwandten'.

Show Antwerps were not shown here and have become very rare, not only in Germany. Some of them not so different, except for the missing Owl frill little of the English Owls, that today also very rarely seen. Both may soon be replaced by Barbets and Liege Beauty pigeons rediscovered recently as exhibition breeds. Both breeds are currently probably still slightly smaller, however, since size data usually are missing in the standards, that is also not a clear differentiator. Show Homer could not be seen in Dortmund and are also very rare. They were substuted by a large number of Show Racers , which seem to grow into the role of the Show Homer, and some still appear like Show Homers a few decades ago.

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Fig. 4: Show Racer dark(check), Fig. 5: Hungarian Show Pigeons

The Revier-Show began with an aviary with Hungarian Show Pigeons in different colors. The breed is not yet recognized in Germany as a fancy breed but well know in Hungary and Austria. In the feet feathering they are similar to some former strains of racing homers, also in the shape of head, but much larger. Show Racers were shown with 114 numbers, including some rare colors like Indigo. 190 Dutch Beauty Homers were entered, also with some rare colors inclusive of two blue barless.

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Fig. 6: Dutch Beauty Homer blue bar. Fig. 7: Dutch Beauty Homer blue barless

As offshots from Belgian Racing Homers some Exhibition Homers and Genuine Homers were shown. The Genuine Homer are stronger remained arrested in the type of racing pigeon and are characterized by a particular face shape.

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Fig. 8: Exhibition Homer head of a red check, Fig. 9: Exhibition Homer red check

The Polish light blue beauty racers had a strong resemblance to many beauty racers shown in the beauty department of pigeon show. Similarly, light blue pigeons were also shown there. However, in the racing homer section also beauty homers are evaluated in hand, e.g. in the bone structure , shape and strength of the back , etc.

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Fig. 10: Polish Exhibition Homer 'lichtblau', Fig. 11: Genuine Homer blue grizzle

Indirectly related to the homing pigeons are the Spanish strawberry eyes. They are to the Barb, who is expected to decline from the ancient Turkish Pigeon like the also shown English exhibition Carrier. The Turkish pigeons according to old sources was used in earlier time in the Turkish/Arabian region as a carrier pigeon .


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Fig. 12: Head of a red Spanish Strawberry Eye, Fig. 13: Spanish Strawberry red pied, Fig. 14: English Exhibition Carrier yellow

In the pouter group many Iberian pouter breeds were shown and some of them also interesting from a color genetic point of view. Jiennense Pouters had some entries in the AOC-class. Some of them looking like hemizygous faded hens or heterozygous faded cocks. One light cream cock was announced as a faded red. May be he was a homozygous cock for this kind of faded, on an ash red color basis. If he indeed belongs to the family of the blue faded or faded-mimic hens, this kind of faded is different from the typical faded Texans. Some research on this topic would be interesting, but seems not probable.

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Fig. 19: Jiennense Pouter old hen (AOC-class, phenotypical a blue bar faded hen), Fig. 20: Jiennensekröpfer cock announced as red faded, perhaps a faded-mimic at an ash red basis.

Several other interesting breeds were shown and in part are presented with photos in the German language show report. Since living in the suburb of Bremen the Bremen Tumbler should be mentioned. It is a solo flyer and shown were two rare dilute blues. Typical for this breed is not only the flying style but also the red eye where the pupil should be surrounded by a light pearl circle. The photo of the eye of a black white flight cock was taken a week later at a Bremen Show.

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Fig. 21: Bremen Tumbler dilute blue bar, Fig. 22: Typical eye color of a black white flight cock Bremen Tumbler, red with a pearl circle surrounding the pupil