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      Pigmy Pouter Standard

Revised 1986

The importance of a graceful sweep of outline in a Pigmy Pouter in full show cannot, with any degree of correctness, be reduced to figures. The excellence of the specimen depends upon the harmonious combination of the properties enumerated rather than their values taken separately.

Therefore, reaching conclusions by scale and judging by points is held impracticable and deprecated. However, to designate relative value to the various properties, a scale of points is offered as an aid to the judging process.

GLOBE: Round in form; proportionately large in comparison with the size of bird; equally distended at all parts; is not over inflated so that beak can rest comfortably upon it; emerges from waist with a sudden angle; shows slight fullness at back of neck.

Faults -Flat globe; long globe (appears to spring from inset of legs); lack of globe (no globe while being judged or after reasonable coaxing by the judge); globe carried to one side; globe over-inflated (causing bird to lose control and stagger or fall backward).

WAIST: Long. Slim, and well-defined; the greater the length from lower pan of globe the better; breast narrow and convex (V-shaped); keel: long straight. and well-defined.

Faults -Round, barrel-shaped; short waist (legs set too far forward on body); thickness of girth.

LIMBS: Long, straight, and close together from junction of body to hocks; set back on body sufficiently far to allow room for the Much-desired long waist; entire limb fine in bone; slightly bent at hocks when viewed from the side; bird must stand tall, stretchy, and upright without being tilted forward by its tail. Thighs: close together and starting from a position well back on body so that the joint is completely concealed when bird is standing at "attention ", giving the appearance of a continuous sweep from junction of globe with waist to feet. Shanks (legs from hocks to feet): adequately long and turned slightly out, allowing enough room for feet to clear each other.
Feet: Inclined slightly outward (opposite of pigeon-toed), with toes spread, not doubled under or cramped.
Feathers: legs should be "stocking-legged", with feathers fitting a~ hock to hide knuckles from view; feet should have longer feathers, thickly set so as to leave no bare spots on toes~ feathers should spread from foot rather suddenly, forming the "slipper".

Faults -tendency to bend too much at hocks when viewed from side; feathers on limbs too downy and fluffy; short shanks (inadequate length from hocks to feet); rough-limbed (long feathers all the way down on legs); spare-limbed (feet and legs not perfectly covered with feathers); hinged legs (leg itself or feathering comes forward at leg inset); stilting (legs, when viewed from the side are straight from inset at body to feet, ~thus forming no bend at hocks); buckling (legs knuckle forward at hock joint); straddling(1egs set SO that they spread excessively or slip sideways when bird walks ~ or stands, this prevents bird from standing at its full height and fro~ having proper action when in motion); ricket-knees (legs which are set apart at inset to body, then come close together at the hocks, then spread wide span at the feet, giving an X appearance when viewed from front to back, and making the bird look "knock-kneed"); bent toe (one toe bent back); deformed foot (two or more toes bent back).

STATION AND SHOWMANSHIP: Free, lively, stretchy, and graceful upright carriage; eye aligned as close to plumb as possible over ball of foot; bird to stand erect and comfortable upon its toes, ball of foot clears the ground; bird should walk with elasticity of movement with limbs close together," free from straddling or rolling; crop should be extended, under full conr0l,and wings held tightly to body when in action. ."

HEAD: Fine, narrow, and in proportion to body; smooth on top, blending into the contour of globe.
EYES: Full and alert expression; whites have bull eyes; pied birds have colored eyes; cere: fine and threadlike.
BEAK: fine; mandibles straight, upper slightly curved at tip and just over reaches lower; wattle: small and fine in texture; beak color is black in blues and blacks, flesh color in whites and yellows, horn color for others (pale horn in some dilutes).

Faults -Skull which is flat on top. too domed or crowned; features too coarse; pied birds having bull or cracked eyes; whites having other than bull eyes must class with A.O.C.; stained or marked beak in whites puts them in A.O.C. class.

NECK: Proportionately long, almost one-third the length of bird.

Faults -neck too short to allow for good globe, or too short to allow for "stretchy" appearance of bird.

BACK: Narrow and long; slightly concave with a grooved line from base of neck to rump. Rump: short narrow, and tapering sharply to vent -free from excessive "fluff'.

Faults -roach or hog-backed; lacks a groove down the length of back.

WINGS: fold close and narrow, carried well up and tucked close to body to show plenty of waist and upper part of thigh; bottom line of folded wing is parallel to keel; wing butts small, flat and well-hidden; wings taper into narrow webbed flights, meeting at a point directly over the center-line of tail, folding close to tail and extending near to end of tail.

Faults -scissors wings (flights cross too high over back); wing butts not well hidden

TAIL: Short, carried clear of the ground; very narrow and tightly folded, giving the appearance of a single feather. The presence of an oil-gland is desirable as its absence is closely related to improper tails.

Faults -V-tail (too broad, always spread without muscular impulse); fish tail (flares at end resembling the tail of a fish); wry tail (carried to one side); split tail (feathers that divide and show a distinct V-shaped parting in tail).

SIZE: The smaller and more slender the bird, the better, provided everything is in proportion. The ideal Pigmy Pouter should not be substantially more than 12" in height measured perpendicularly from floor to top of head.

Globe - 15
Waist - 15
Limbs - 15
Station & Showmanship - 10
Head - 5
Neck - 5
Wings - 5
Tail - 5
Size - 5
Color - 5
Markings - 5
Feather and condition - 5

COLORS: Traditionally Pigmy Pouters are: pied bar pattern, pied solid color, or white. For show purposes the bar classes are: Blue Bar, Brown Bar, Mealy Bar, and their dilutes: Silver Bar, Khaki Bar, and Cream Bar. The pied solid colors are: Black, Brown, Red (ash), and their dilutes Dun, Khaki, and Yellow (ash). Also White and A.O.C. classes. All rare colors and checkered birds will be classed as A.O.C. If a sufficient number of a rare color are entered in a show, a separate class may be offered at the discretion of the show committee. Also, small classes may be combined to improve competition or to expedite the judging procedure. Miss-marked standard colored birds, either too gay or with no markings, must class with their color and take cuts for bad marking.

Blue Bar -should be a clear sky-blue with intense black bars on wings and tail. Silver Bar (dilute of blue) -should be a light silvery-gray shade .with dark dun bars on wings and tail.

Brown Bar -should be a clear light fawn shade with dark brown bars on wings and tail.

Khaki Bar (dilute of brown bar) -should be a light buff shade with pale brown bars on wings and tail.

Mealy Bar -should be a pale gray with red wing bars; no bar on tail.
Cream Bar (dilute of mealy bar) -should be a light creamy "ash-white" with dark yellow wing bars; no bar on tail.

Black -should be an intense jet-black free from bars and checkering.

Dun (dilute of black) -should be an even bluish-brown (gun-metal) free from bars and checkering.

Brown -should be a rich chocolate-brown free from bars and checkering.

Khaki (dilute of brown) -should be a light khaki-brown shade free from bars and checkering.

Red (ash) -should be a rich dark red free from bars and checkering.

Yellow (dilute of ash red) -should be a rich dark yellow free from bars and checkering.

White -should be pure throughout with a satin-like appearance or neck and free from any color tinging. Whites with any colored feathers must class as A.O.C. AO.C. -is a class for any other colors not included in the color classifications listed above.

MARKINGS: in pied Pigmy Pouters, the designated color covers entire bird except as follows: white crescent on globe, horns reach to one-half inch from each .eye; few white feathers (7) on each shoulder in the shape of a rose, white feathers fall separately and do not reach edge of wing; primary flights white; white on all of body below line encircling center of waist; Reds and Yellows have white tails -other tails Same as body color.

Faults -colored flight feathers; colored feathers in white portions of bird; white feathers in colored tails; swallow-throat (crescent running up to lower mandible); snip (white feathers on forehead above wattle); bishop- wings (rose markings too gay extending down to edge of wing butts or over edge); ring-neck (crescent meeting behind neck).

FEATHERS AND CONDITION: in all colors feathers should be a soft silky texture, not harsh or dry to the touch; short, tight, close, and an abundance of sheen indicating good health; clean and complete in plumage. In the show pen a bird should be in good physical condition and display vigor and alertness.

Faults -broken or missing flight or tail feathers; dirty or stained plumage; ruffled or sick-acting.

Any Pigmy Pouter that exhibits a major fault should not be ranked at the top of its class and certainly should never be placed Champion or B.O.S. to Champion. Birds that display major faults should be penalized severely and ranked accordingly. Faults considered to be in this category are:
-lack of globe
-misshapen globe
-over-inflated globe
-station too horizontal -buckled limbs
-too "down in the hocks" -split tail -wry tail
-highly "scissored " wings -decided deformity
-coloring or artificial alteration
-excessive trimming or plucking