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
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
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.
SCALE OF POINTS
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
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
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
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.
JUDGING AND MAJOR FAULTS
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
-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