ORIGIN: Spain. First developed in Valencia in the early 1700's from crosses of the Valencian Pouter with the Magana Homer by a Franciscan friar, Antonio Llaud; hence its name Laudino. Later it was further developed in Seville in this century by fanciers there who crossed it with Rafeno Pouters and Gorguero Pouters.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Powerful ram-shaped head with strong wattles; broad body with a pear-shaped hanging crop that is creased; well built strong body and strong wings.
HEAD (15 pts.): Strong and powerful. Ram- like (almond-shaped) and curving smoothly.
EYES (5 pts.): Deep, intense red.
EYE CERES (5 pts.): Smooth in texture and not overly developed; pale, yellow color.
BEAK (10 pts.): Well-developed; medium size; thick; curved in harmony with the head shape; bone color.
WATTLES (10 pts.): Heavy and triangular- shaped; well developed but not excessively so; separated at their highest point; smoothly curving towards the beak.
CHIN WATTLES (5 pts.): Situated under the beak and
more developed as the bird matures. Ideally, there are three pea-shaped
chin wattles with the middle one being the
largest. Having only one centrally well developed chin wattle is also accepted.
CROP (15 pts.): Pendulous and large; wider at its base. Always creased in the center and never dragging the ground.
BODY (10 pts.): Strong, wedge-shaped; alert and upright.
WINGS AND TAlL (5 pts.): Strong wings that are carried above the tail. Tail fairly short and several feathers wide.
LEGS AND FEET (5 pts.): Medium length clean legs; well-developed strong feet.
COLOR (5 pts.): Smoky blue or black is most common. Also bred in blue bar, blue check, black, and ash red. Never bred in white or splash.
STYLE AND FEATHER (10 pts.): A proud bearing; never fearful of other birds; a conquistador-like personality full of life and eager to conquer other birds with its cooing and ardor. Smooth feather.
SERIOUS FAULTS: Narrow forehead; spindly beak; excessive wattles (Carrier-like); lack of crop; over-sized crop that drags the ground; weak body; drooped wings; cocks lacking the Conquistador-like temperament; overly heavy bodied birds unable to fly.
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