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Pigeons Breed French Mondain

Photo of a pigeonThe French Mondain is maintained as a separate and distinctive breed apart and above all other breeds mainly by conforming with the Type, Symmetry, and Carriage Ideals established by our Standard of Perfection. Consequently, all birds must conform to the Standard of Perfection drawings and descriptive requirements as closely as possible in every respect.

Head (15 pts.): Skull feathers starting at the wattle shall form a distinctive pompadour blending to a continuous gradual downward arch starting above the eye, and at the back of the head rapidly curve into the neck feathers. Width of head 1 1/8" to 1 ½" as measured above the eyes. Depth of head: 2 1/8" to 2 ½" as measured from top of wattle, through lower part of eye, to back of skull feathers. Beak: short, stout and broad. Eyes: large and bright but not prominent. Eye cere: fine, smooth and narrow.

Neck and Throat (5 pts.): Neck shall be full, short and powerful, flowing from back of head without under cut into the smooth continuous back line. Throat shall be broad and full with as little undercut from beak into breast line as possible.

Back (10 pts.): Back shall be full and broad when viewed from above and in a wedge shape starting at the shoulders diminish rapidly to the tail. Back shall slope at an angle of 45 degrees when standing in show station with a range not exceeding 5 degrees.

Tail (10 pts.): Tail width shall be one feather wide. Tail length shall be 3 ¾" to 3 7/8" beyond the body and 7/8" to 1" beyond end of flights. Tail angle shall be 10 degrees below horizontal.

Wings and Shoulders (10 pts.): Wing butts shall be prominent but close to the body and add to the appearance of tremendous width and power. Wings blending into body feathers or being held away from body are undesirable. Wing flights shall be held close to body and lay tightly over rump and tail. Wing coverts or saddle feathers shall cover the back and rump, extending as close to the tail as possible for symmetry. Shoulder shall be high to add to the square appearance of the bird. Round or droop shoulders are undesirable.

Legs and Toes (10 pts.): Legs should be straight when viewed from the front; stout, strong, and with well fleshed bulging thighs and drum sticks. Leg length shall give the appearance of actual belly clearance from the floor of 2" by having a shank length of 1 1/8" to 1 1/4". Legs should be 2 ¾" to 3 1/8" apart when in show station. Toes should be short, straight and chubby.

Feathers (5 pts.): Feathers shall be as glossy, short, narrow and hard as possible and fit very tightly to bird’s body. Feather color should conform with the various color classes.

Breast (5 pts.): Breast shall be as fully developed and filled out with firm hard flesh as possible.

Length of keel (10 pts.): Keel length shall be 3 7/8" to 4", firm measure, or as close as possible to conform to the size of the bird.

Width of breast (5 pts.): Breast width shall be equal to keel length by firm measure forward or under wing joint.

Keel depth (5 pts.): Keel or body depth shall be equal to keel length by firm measure at deepest point. Crooked keel – Depending on the severity of the crooked keel, from slight to severe. Slight curvatures will be cut 3 points, while a more pronounced curve will be cut 5 points. An extreme curve will automatically be eliminated early in the class judging.

Weights (10 pts.): (Birds in the pink of condition). Cocks: A hard body, 34 to 40 ounces. Hens: A hard body, 30 to 36 ounces.

Final evaluation: The value of a French Mondain consists of its conformation to the standard of perfection drawings supplemented by its descriptive requirements score. Birds are placed according to value at the moment of judging. Judges’ decisions are final. No substitution in show entries will be allowed unless they are both color for color and classification. All shows must prominently exhibit the standard of perfection at the time of judging.

Color and Age classes:
A.O.C. (Any other color than listed below or birds showing two or more unrelated colors, or grizzles, or any combination of these). Yearling classes included for A.O.C.’s only. All other colors to have standard classes of Old Cock, Old Hen, Young Cock, and Young Hen.
Ash red (In spread, T-pattern, checks, bars and barless – combined and its true dilute, Ash Yellow).
Black (Spread pattern preferred, others admissible) and true Dun.
Blue (In T-pattern, checks, bar and barless combined) and its true dilute, true Silver.
Brown (In spread, T-pattern, checks, bar and barless combined) and its true dilute Khaki.
Whites (In bull-eyed self, only).
Recessive red (In spread pattern preferred) and its dilute, Recessive Yellow.
Yellow Being the dilute of red, we have recessive yellow solid only. Yellows include T-patterns, checks, bars and solids as long as the basic color is yellow golden, preference being given to the deep rich yellow. Yellow varies from light canary to a rich yellow buff. The under color should be a good yellow, white shades being undesirable.
True silver Dilute of blue. Its basic pigment is black. Silver bears the same relation to blue as yellow does to red. True silver may come in three patterns: T-pattern, or as velvet, checks and bars. Dilute a bar, the black becomes a dun and the blue becomes a silver gray.
Andalusian blue A dark slate blue to black on head and neck, wings and tail slate blue with feathers having a thin outer lacing of black undercover.

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