Old German Cropper

ORIGIN: This ancient breed originated in Germany and Hungary.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A large breed; with a well developed globe; extremely long with its wings extending past the end of its tail; standing with the front part of its body semi erect and the rear part of the body close and parallel to the ground; the back line forms a gentle sloping arc.


HEAD (2 pts.):  Relatively long with a high forehead.

EYES AND CERES (2 pts.): Orange eyes in all colors but white; white has bull eye;.eye ceres fine.

BEAK and WATIlIrLES (1 pt.):  Long strong beak; relatively small smooth wattles.

NECK (5 pts.): Long.

GLOBE (20 pts.): Huge; evenly inflated; oval to round in shape, however the rounded shape is preferred; globe to come from the chest without showing waist.

BODY STYLE and STATION (20 pts.): The Old German stands with the front part of its body raised in a semi erect station, and the rear part of its body is carried close and parallel to the ground.  The bird is to have a strong body, however, the illusion of great size is caused more by its profuse loose feathering than by actual body weight mass.

BACK (5 pts.): Strong, wide, and long; the back line forms a gentle sloping arc.

WINGS (20 pts.): Very long and extending past the tail; wings should rest on the tail; flight feathers should be well folded and closed and not show and "sail" like effect or finger like separations; flights must be held wide apart and never cross or touch at their ends.
TAIL (5 pts.):  Long and fairly wide without tapering.

LEGS (5 pts.): Short, strong, and clean; thighs are covered by the under carriage feathers.

FEATHER QUALITY (5 pts.):  Long, strong feathering; profuse; creating a neat appearance while not being too tight.

COLOR (10 pts.): Self in white, black, red, yellow, mealy, cream, lark, blue and silver in bar, barless, and checkered; self colored also exists with white flights, which should number the same on both sides; splashed in light or dark pattern depending on the predominace of white or colored feathers; tiger must have solid colored primary flight feathers and a solid colored tail with white sprinkled on the rest of the body; dapple to have white feathers sprinkled only on the head and neck with the rest of the body colored. All colors should be rich, intense and clean.

SERIOUS  FAULTS: Small  body;  short appearance; poor globe development; lop-sided globe; standing with front part of body totally vertical and too high; standing too high on legs; sail flights; separated open flights; flights shorter than the tail; flights that cross; drooped flights carried under the tail; split tail; and long legs.

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