New Breeds and Colors in the Pigeon Class Leipzig 7.-9. December 2018 - The Anniversary of the 100th National of the German BDRG

Where better to show the breeding connection of tradition with the new one than in the class of new breeds!


Among the nearly 22,000 pigeons exhibited in Leipzig, there were 114 in the class of new breeds or colors in standardized breeds, including six collections in the sighting and eleven in the ‘presentation’ to get accepted in the standard. The sighting serves only as an orientation, in the presentation the individuals are given a critique and evaluated. Dilute blue (silver) Romans in the sighting sounded strange. Most viewers would have thought that this traditional color has long been recognized in almost all races, even among Romans. They are genetically blue in color, and the dilution gene is present by yellow in the breed, thus an easy gene combination. So in the past it was not surprising that there were also dilute khaki-bars among the brown-bars. The logic of the current regulations is not clear to everyone.



Runt dilute blue (silver)


In the sighting also yellow ‘Mittelhäuser’ were shown, which seemed to be in the yellow tone a bit different. The breeders as well as other breeders of this color-class can be advised to look of the down length shortly after hatching. If both, yellow and golden are in the strain, the differences will also show in the length of the dunes of the young.


Mittelhäuser shown as yellows


In the Beneschauer black-tigered pigeons one was complained of a breastfold. Also noted was the not well distributed tiger-marking. A pigeon also showed a white wing feather, which is not allowed in tigers.



Beneschau Pigeons black-tiger


Giant Homer in multicolored and silver spinkle have gained in terms of color and also achieved a high rating with five very good (sg) and three good (g) notes. Multicolored is not Almond and allows a wider range of colors. But nevertheless a bit more yellowish-brown color was suggested to make a difference to sprinkles. Sometimes it is helpful to remember how some multicolored in other breeds look like.



Giant Homers shown as multi-colored and for comparison a multi-colored from Oriental Rollers


Silver sprinkles are distinguished by the silver-gray base color instead of the white base color from black sprinkles. Unfortunately, Oriental Rollers, where silver sprinkles served in the past as an example for correct coloration, seem to lose their orientation. Among the five individuals exhibited as silver sprinkles, only one was a silver sprinkle, the other badly colored multi-colored. And on the other side at the black sprinkles occasionally the pure white basic color is lost as a difference to the silver sprinkles. A pity!



Giant Runt silver sprinkle and a silver-sprinkle Oriental Roller hen from the general class


Multi-colored ones were also presented at German Beauty Homers. Because of his other qualities, a young male also was graded very good (sg), but in the basic color the brown-yellow color was more to be imagined than to be seen. Promising in this regard, a young hen, from which one can expect as a hen, and then as a young one, no pronounced mottling at this age, that will probably improve.



Multi-colored German Beauty Homers


The Dutch Beauty Homers in black and dun-tigered were criticised because of their not evenly distributed white feathers at the colord ground, but some left a good impression also in this respect.


Dutch Beauty Homers black and dun-tigered


Dominant red-tigered Dutch Beauty Homers were still in the sighting. Compared to recessive red their wings and tail are light ash colored and often so bright that they are hardly distinguishable from white. The requirement for colored wings and tail exists for tigers in general, but compared with black and dun has no significant impact. A dominant red hen in the photo was kind enough to show the remaining colored mirror in a primary feather as a proof that the feather is not white. Again, the inadequate distribution of white feathers on a now ash red background was objected to.



Dutch Beauty Homers Dominant Red Tigers


German Modeneser Schietti brown-pieds were also in the sighting. Two of the four shown made with an appealing color, pied marking and typical overall appearance a positive impression and demonstrated their beauty. Clearly two showed too much white, as though do too many as piebald rated pigeons in other breeds in the general class without complaint.


German Modeneser Schietti brown pieds and blue black bar grizzle


Another very positive impression left the collection of blue grizzle with black bars of the German Modeneser Schietti, which was also rewarded with three sg.


Lower Bavarian Pouters in the traditional Gimpel-Pigeon markings in gold-black-wing stood with four individuals for sighting. In shape and behavior, they are beautiful pouters like their copper-black-winged relatives. A great contribution to the anniversary of the 100th National of the German BDRG. In the crop area and the neck, some of them showed some soot. This occurs in pouters in the crop area anyway stronger than in color pigeons, but is also in these not an uncommon fault. With the moult fully closed, the appearance will improve as well, which will also apply to the shown pouters.



Lower Bavarian Pouters gold blackwing


Münsterland Field Pigeons in blue-checks have been shown earlier. A few decades ago, when pigeon breeds were defined in many cases by the limitation to certain color-classes or pied markings, the demarcation between them was easier. If today Mittelhäuser, Beneschauer Pigeons, Carneau and other breeds are recognized in all colors classes, and you continue to make only non-binding information on the form, posture and the size frame, then the showing and judging of fancy pigeons will be faced with new challenges.


Münsterland Field Pigeon blue check and silver barless Altenburg Trumpeter with ocker breast


Altenburg Trumpeter mehllicht (silver with ocker breast) barless correspond in coloring to Coburg Larks, they seemed not fully developed in the moult yet, a cage was empty.


Old German Fantails in white stood again in the sighting and gave a somewhat inconsistent impression in appearance and behaviour. At times a free posture with a bit of trembling, then a similar show-off like modern Fantails. In addition, the bad habit found there to hide under the fan.


Old German Fantails


In the Chinese Pigeons (Owls) dun-tiger one was rather surprised to see them again among the new breeds. They are a typical ‘intermediate color-class’ that may be produced within a breed from the combinations of genes that are present in that breed. Black and other tigers exist for long in Chinese Owls in very good quality, and the dilution factor exists with them in silver and other color-classes.


Chinese Owl dun-tigered


Old Oriental Owls Blondinettes with laced tail in black-laced and brown laced were presented with very good grades.



Old Oriental Owls Blondinette black laced and brown laced with laced tail


Slightly less well, the Blondinettes with mirror tails in blue with white bars, blue-white checks and red-white checks.



Old Oriental owls Blondinette with mirror tails blue with white bars, blue white check an red-white check with mirror tails


The completion of the class made the first sightimg for four Old Oriental Owls Blondinettes with mirror tail in sulfur-laced.



Old Oriental Owls Blondinette sulfur laced with mirror tails