Breed Standard


The  Breed Standard & Ideal
for the
Old Dutch Capuchine

Country of Origin :
The Netherlands, circa early 16th Century

Overall Impression :
A  graceful, medium small sized pigeon, medium high, with a horizontally carried body. Short, broad between the shoulders, gradually tapering off towards the tail. The horizontal carriage is highly desired. A vertical line dropped from the centre of the eye should locate about 30mm in front of the leg.

Head :
Medium length, well rounded. A flowing skull with rounded forehead. Not "pinch faced". Broad enough at the back to be a sound base for a broad hood.

Eye and Cere :
Iris, pearl white and lively. Ceres of fine texture, red to flesh coloured.

Beak :
Medium in length, with a slight curve at the tip. Flesh coloured in all colours with fine wattles. Set slightly down to a sweet expression.

Neck :
Medium length. Tapering to blend smoothly into the breast and shoulders.

Breast :
Broad and full, carried just forward of the tip of the beak when stood at attention. Throat free from gullet, well cut back.

Back :
Broad between the shoulders, gradually tapering off towards the rump.

Wings :
Not too long, carried well up ie. Lying  properly closed on the back and tail  terminating about 1cm from the end of the tail.

Tail :
Short rather than long in proportion to length of body. Rather narrow and well closed. 

Legs :
Medium in length, shanks and toes unfeathered. Bright red in colour. Thigh feathers not so long as to make the legs look short. 

Hood :
Upright and broad, not pinched or "V" shaped, with as many feather layers as possible. Fully feathered down the back of the neck (mane) with no breaks. The mane to blend imperceptibly with the chain below the rosette.

Collar (Chain) :
To run in an unbroken line from the hood to the lower part of the shoulders, to blend with the mane. In no case should the chain feathers from either side meet in the front. They must keep distance from the cheeks and reach up to the lower part of the eye ceres when viewed from the side. On either side of the neck there is an elliptical rosette, set as low as possible.

Colours :
Monk marked in Black, Red and Yellow. All colours to be deep and rich with much lustre and no sign of chequering. Monk marked in Blue with black bars; Silvers with dark dun bars; Mealies with red bars;  Creams with yellow bars. Also Self-coloured in White.  Tigers in Black, Red, Yellow or  Blue. In Tigers the coloured feathers should be evenly interspersed with white. Any other colour are to be entered in the non standard or AOC classes.

Colour and Markings :
Monk marked in the above colours and Self White.

Monk marked :
The head, tail, vent, abdomen & thighs; plus at least 7 and no more than 12 outside flight feathers must be white. There is a straight demarcation line between the white of the abdomen and the colour of the lower breast, this line should be about 30mm in front of the legs. The white of the head must reach up to the base of the hood. 

Tigers of any colour are to be entered in Tiger classes. This includes Tortoiseshells and Strawberry tigers which were  previously accepted in AOC classes.
Note - Coloured pigeons with odd white feather in the coloured areas or white pigeons with a few coloured feathers are not tigers. If shown at all they should be entered in their respective classes, and penalised accordingly as mis-marked.

Serious Faults :
Hood falling forwards on the head (capping)
Too long and narrow in build
In the region of the eyes, the chain feathers too long obliterating the side view of the eye
Open feathering anywhere on the hood, mane and chain
Poor head markings
Less than 7 and more than 10 Primaries and 2 secondaries flights being white
Slip flighted (coloured feathers in between white)
Eye colour other than pearl white
Visible white wing arch (bastard wing)
Coloured feathers on thighs or on abdomen in front of thighs
Poor colour
Coloured toe nails
Bad carriage, the closer the tail tip is to the floor the worse the carriage.

Minor Faults :
Coloured feathers along the side of the rump and in the vent area
Stained beak

Show Preparation :
As with any marked variety it is permitted to trim or remove offending feathers which spoil the markings. Any trimming must be indiscernible to the judges eye. That is to say any feathers trimmed must be done at the root, not part way down. any bird with feathers incorrectly trimmed or bare areas, should be rejected by the judge, also birds showing signs of  illness, dirty, or carrying passengers should be rejected.

Ring size :  B

The Ideal

The Ideal


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The EE

The National Pigeon Association is a member of the Entente Europeen, and accordingly the breed standard of the Old Dutch Capuchine can only be changed by the country of origin.  The BODCS cannot therefore make any changes to the Standard, and accepts any changes that may be made by the Oud Hollandse Kapucijnenfokker Club and approved by the EE Fancy Pigeon Breed Standard Commission.