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These are the UK standards for the Spitzhauben. There are no standards in the U.S. at this time. Let this be the guide for correct selections when making breeding choices. It includes colors not seen in the U.S.

Classification: Light, Soft Feather
Egg colour: White
General Characteristics: Male
Carriage: Neat and very active
Type: Body well rounded, medium long, walnut - shaped. Breast full, carried high. Wings rather long, carried close. Tail well furnished, well spread, at right angles to back. Abdomen well developed. Back of medium length, slightly sloping with full hackle.
Head: Medium sized, held high, with typical raised skull and medium-sized pointed crest bent forward. Face smooth. Comb horn type consisting of two small rounded spikes, separate and without side sprigs. Wattles moderately long and fine. Ear-lobes medium sized, oval. Beak powerful, with strong, cavernous nostrils, and a prominent horseshoe ridge to beak with a small fleshy knob at the front. Eyes prominent and alert.
Neck: Medium length, slightly arched with abundant hackle.
Legs and feet: Thighs slender and prominent; shanks medium length, fine. Toes, four, well spread.
Plumage: Fairly hard and tight.
Except for a more horizontal back line the general characteristics are the same for the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences.

Silver Spangled
Male plumage:
Pure silvery white ground colour, with each feather ending in distinct black, fairly small spangle, not circular, less pronounced on the head and neck. Primaries, secondaries and tail feathers, silvery white with black tips. Abdomen and fluff grey; undercolour dark grey.
Female plumage: Head, crest and the neck silvery white with black tipping. Breast, wing bows, back and tail silvery white with distinct black spangling. Flights as for the male. Undercolour dark grey.
Gold Spangled
Male plumage:
Gold-red ground colour, spangling as for the silver spangled. Flights; outer web golden yellow, inner web as black as possible. Breast and flanks gold with black spangles. Abdomen and undercolour greyish black. Tail as brown as possible with black tips, a blackish brown tail allowed.
Female plumage: Golden-yellow ground colour, tail golden-brown with black spangling. Otherwise as for the male, having regard to the necessary sexual differences.
Male and female plumage:
Shiny greenish-black with a dark grey to black undercolour.

Male plumage:
Head, neck, saddle and wing-bows dark slate-blue. Remainder medium blue, free from mealiness, sandiness or bronze. Black splashes in the tail permissible. Undercolour grey-blue
Female plumage: Medium blue throughout, free from mealiness, sandiness or bronze, except head and neck which are a darker shade, but not so dark as in the male. Undercolour grey-blue.
Chamois Spangled
Male plumage:
Golden-buff ground colour, with each feather ending in a distinct creamy-white, fairly small spangle, not circular; less pronounced on the head and neck. Flights; outer web golden-buff, inner web creamy-white. Breast and flanks golden-buff with creamy-white spangles. Abdomen and undercolour creamy-white. Tail as golden-buff as possible with creamy-white tips, a buff/white tail allowed.
Female plumage: Head, crest and neck golden-buff with creamy white tipping. Breast, wing bows, back and tail golden-buff with distinct creamy-white spangling. Flights as for the male. Undercolour creamy-white.

In both sexes and all colours
Beak bluish. Eyes dark brown. Comb, face and wattles bright red; ear-lobes bluish-white. Shanks blue.
Male 1.60 - 2.00kg (3.5 - 4.5 lb)
Female 1.35 - 1.60kg (3 - 3.5 lb)

Scale of points

Type and carriage 25
Colour and markings 25
Head points 25
Legs and feet 15
Condition 10

Serious defects
Comb other than horn. Side sprigs. Narrow or roach back. Squirrel tail. Breast too deep or narrow. Low wing carriage. Tail lacking fullness. Crow beak. Nostrils not cavernous. Bad stance. Any sign of feathering on shanks.


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