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Pigeons Breed Bavarian Pouter

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Photo of a pigeonOrigin: Germany, in lower Bavaria around 1960. Developed by Karl Zausinger through crosses of Pomeranian and English Pouters with Bohemian Strassers.

Overall impression: Fairly medium in size with an elegant, erect form. Medium long foot and hock feathering, pear-shaped globe with a nice waist.

Head: Long and rounded, with a rounded frontal. Always plainheaded.

Eyes: Orange. Eye cere to correspond with feather color; lighter colored feathering to have a light eye cere, darker colors to have a darker cere.

Beak: Long and powerful. Reds, yellows, silver, mealy, and cream barred to have flesh to light horn colored beaks. Blues and blacks to have dark beaks. Wattle to be undeveloped.

Neck: Long, with a well-developed globe. The upper globe is largest giving the desired pear shape.

Breast: Medium wide, slightly protruding. The beginning of the globe creates a nice waist.

Back: The width of the breast corresponds with the back. Well-feathered with good back cover. Strongly sloping station.

Wings: Powerful, well-closed; wing tips uncrossed or with a slight crossing.

Tail: Not too wide, forming a continuous sloping line with the back, but not touching the ground.

Legs: Long, straight, not too narrow but not set too wide. Medium length, thick foot and hock feathering. Toe nails to be flesh colored.

Feathering: Tight and well-developed.

Color classes: Black, red, yellow, blue barless, bar and check. Blue white bar and spangle, silver bar and check, mealy, cream bar.

Color and Markings: Lustrous color is the ideal. The head should be colored, with a bib that covers the upper globe. Wing, shield, and tail are also colored. Neck, breast, belly, back, flights and boots are to be white. The colored wing shield should be well-rounded with seven to ten white flights.

Serious faults:
Plump, too weak or too small body.
Station not upright enough.
Too short neck.
Too long from legs to tail.
Too wide or too narrowly placed, short, or X-shaped legs.
Sparsely feathered toes.
Faulty globing ability.
Weak markings and/or color.

Areas to be evaluated and rated:
Overall impression – Body form and station – Globe development – Carriage and foot feathering – Color and markings – Eyes and beak color.