VDT show Kassel January 2019

With almost 20,000 numbers, the 67th German Fancy Pigeon Show was well accepted by the exhibitors. The focus at Sunday was on the presentation of the champions and the auction in favor of the German Cancer Aid Foundation.


Fig. 1: Exposition of the Champions der Champions and auction in favor of the German Cancer Aid Foundation


The German Pigeon Museum Nuremberg attracted attention with its interesting exhibits to the tradition of breeding fancy pigeons. Anyone who was interested in the history of pigeon breeding and pigeon breeds literarily, could have found it at book tables.

Fig. 2: Exhibits of  the German Pigeon Museum Nuremberg



Fig. 3: Exhibits of  the German Pigeon Museum Nuremberg and view at a book table with new and historical books


About the new breeds and colors has already been reported. As expected, most collections will have to be re-introduced in the next or next few years. Including six of the seven collections of the Triganino Modeneser. This, even though, like the others, they consistently had the typical breeds’ traits and even agreed on the color classes. This is not self-understanding even in the general class. There, however, it is usually ignored by judges and breeding committees. At least this raises the issue of equal treatment and fairness towards the exhibitors.


Fig. 4: Review at some of the section for new colors and breeds, Triganino Modena and Arabian Trumpeter

If collections such as the dun Danish magpie are not accepted and the Arabian Trumpeters ash-red dark check with twice the rating, ‘very good’ and twice ‘good', the requirements cannot be right. The grade "Very good" is awarded according to the AAB (General Exhibition Rules) in free translation, if "all typical racial traits are present to a high degree, the overall picture of the individual can be described as impressive and harmonious and no defect can be determined." A good, "if the individual has small defects but has no gross faults in shape or other major feature. In the column 'Faults / defects' of the evaluation card, one must be noted." The dun Danish magpies, the ash red dark check Arabian Trumpeters and others are ‘intermediate’ color-classes in the sense that they can be achieved by mating two colors recognized in the respective breeds. You can also mate them meaningfully with other colors of the breeds. It would be surprising if they did not show the breed type. They also do not decrease the breed’s base. It does not hurt the breed, if someone finds the color nice for a while and wants to show, even if the color disappears in the meantime once. It tends to hurt the organization more if officials believe they have to initiate a recognition and disqualification procedure each time.

If intermediate colors that do not need an outbreeding upon other breeds are automatically recognized by the addition at the enumeration of standard colors "in addition to the main color-classes all intermediate colors", much would have been gained. Then there would be no 'dead files' because you would not need a file at all. That races should be clearly different from existing ones and that new foreign breeds should not violate the laws of origin of third countries is another question. This should not be mixed with the recognition of color-classes. If only the color makes a difference between races, something has already gone wrong anyway.

At a German pigeon show in Kassel, should at least be honored the breed originating there, the Kassel Tumbler.


Fig. 5: Kassel Tumbler black white-flight and brown white-flight



Fig. 6: Kassel Tumbler yellow ‚Streifer‘ and brown bar white-flight


He belongs to the group of long-beaked Tumblers who had many followers, especially in middle Germany with breeding emphasis around Magdeburg / Halberstadt, Brunswick and Hanover. Some breeds run long under regional names such as Magdeburg white tails and white.flights white tails, Brunswick beard, Hanover White-Flight or (synonymous) Hanoverian high and solo flyer, Celler white-flight tumblers, Bremen Tumblers, Kassel Tumblers, Dutch white high flyer and, also white and related to the Dutch, the Stralsund Highfliers (52). A sophisticated discussion was given by Dürigen 1886, 1906. At that time, magpies were already known as 'German magpies'. Before and shortly after 1900, they differed little from the Danish magpies. According to existing pictures they all had little of today's long-beaked tumblers. The other variants of the Danish Tumbler, such as Selfs, Brander and Stipper, were present in central and northern Germany and also belonged to the race circle. A total of 127 Danish tumblers were shown in Kassel and also some of the rare rough footed.


Fig. 7: Review at the magpie tumblers in the region before and about 1900 compared to  the magpie ‚purzler‘ and the Danish magpie today. Source: Sell, Taubernrassen, Achim 2009

Celler (Celle – a town near Hanoer) white-flight Tumblers have been integrated into the Hanover Tumbler. Magdeburg and Brunswick Beards together with the Magpie Tumbler and Selfs are today the Germans Long Beaked Tumblers (127).


Fig. 8: Danish Tumbler yellow stipper groused and grey Stipper groused

Hanover and Bremen Tumblers have remained similar in shape. A special feature of the Hanoverian is the subdivision into red (84) and white eyes (14), meant, however, it the color of the eye cere. There are in addition white steel eyes (19) with tarnished dark beaks. Among Bremen Tumblers (60) there are white flights as well as selfs. Even beards are popular. A special feature is the eye, which should have a clear pearly ring around the pupil. Non-specialists could consider it a fault.


Fig. 9: Hanover Tumbler red eye brown-pied, Bremen Tumbler blue bar (smoky)


Fig. 10: Eye color of a Bremen Tumbler with a white circle surrounding the pupil, and Stralsund highflyer with a nice balanced stance

The Tumbler (40) in Kassel did not make a leap in development until 1900. Thereafter he got his own characteristic with a high and straight stance and a head profile running in a clear arc. This change was recorded in the anthology of Wittig 1925 in a comparison of the old type and the new type. Traditionally, the brown color impact, as in Hanover Tumblers, is present in the breed and relatively common. In Kassel, however, only one brown, but 10 brown barred white flights.


Fig. 11: The development of the Kassel Tumbler from the old type to a modern long beaked and long faced tumbler after 1900.  Source: Sell, Taubenrassen, Achim 2009

In the General Section the German Modena were by far the largest group with almost exactly 1,300 numbers in more than 50 color classes. From the duo of Modenas, German Modeneser and Modena, now seems to become an attractive three leaved clover.


Fig. 12: German Modeneser Magnani vielfarbig (multi-coloured)



Fig. 13: Modena Schietti blue bronze check  milky and Triganino Modenese Schietti dun sulphur bar



Fig. 14: Modena and Triganino Modenese Gazzi compared to a historical illustration from Bonizzi of a Modenese Flying Pigeon. Source: Sell, Taubenrassen, Achim 2009

Italian Modena are still recognized in the German Standard in a few gazzi color-classes as ‘Triganino Modeneser’. Now they seem on the rise

For the name: Triganieri were holders of the pigeons who trained their pigeons in Modena for flight and catching the pigeons of others. All three races are traced back to these flying pigeons, though the imports to Germany in the 1860s differed from the flying pigeons show e.g. in the illustrations of Bonizzi (Fig. 14). The first Modena had come to Germany at the end of the 18th century. After that, they disappeared again until they were re-introduced around 1860. Greater shipments came at the time also via Austria to Germany. According to reports by contemporary witnesses, such as Dietz-Frankfurt, they were very different in size and shape and partly not distinguishable from the then Florentine, Hungarian, small Maltese pigeons and other hen pigeon breeds. This sounds unlikely from today's perspective, but is confirmed by the illustrations in Dürigen 1886, 1906. The potential to diverge had the race mixture still then in itself, so that in England they could develop a heavy and 'round' type by selection. In Germany and Italy it remained a lighter type with emphasis on different type attributes.


Fig. 15: Historische Abbildung eines Modeneser Gazzi, einer Huhnschecke und einer Maltesertaube bei Dürigen 1886, entnommen: Sell, Taubenrassen, Achim 2009

At the show in Kassel the English/American type Modenas were registered with 219 numbers. Triganino Modena were 32 in the General Section, including about half of them in the AOC class. In addition there were seven collections among the new breeds’ section. Interesting in the AOC class, the Triganio Schietti Magnani with their variety, which made the term 'multicolored' all honor.


Fig. 16: Triganino Modenese schietti magnani AOC-class



Fig. 17: Triganino Modenese schietti magnani AOC-class



Dürigen, Bruno, Die Geflügelzucht nach ihrem jetzigen rationellen Standpunkt, Berlin 1886. Zweite, gänzlich neu bearbeitete Auflage, Berlin 1906.

Sell, Axel, Taubenrassen. Entstehung, Herkunft, Verwandtschaften. Faszination über die Jahrhunderte, Achim 2009. http://www.taubensell.de/003_Neu_Buchshop/info_taubenrassen.htm