Wood Cottage Bantams

Dutch Bantams & Rosecomb Bantams

Dutch Bantams

Breed Standards

Origin: The Netherlands

 Although there is a resemblence to the Rosecomb bantam, Dutch bantams have their own type. They are relatively short & of medium height. The plumage is abundant & lying close to the body with plentiful sickles, side hangers & coverts.

Body:      Short & broad, tapering towards the tail, breast carried high without giving the impression that the body slopes backwards.

Head:      Relatively small, neither pointed nor chubby cheeked; face is red coloured, sparsely covered with hair-like feathers.

Comb:     Single, relatively small with five regular serrations, straight & upright, fine in texture, red coloured, the blade not following the shape of the neck too closely & the back of the comb pointing upwards.

Beak:       Short, strong, slightly curved at the end, colour to conform to the colour of plumage.

Wattles:   Not quite of medium size, short & not drooping, rounded, both of identical length, red coloured.

Ear lobes:  Relatively small, flat & fine in texture, pure white including the edges, oblong to almond shape.

Eyes:         Relatively large with a lively expression, orange-red to brown-red in colour.

Neck:        Relatively short, curved backwards, tapering to the top, covered in abundant hackle that reaches to the back & shoulders & covering the front of the neck as much as possible.

Back & Saddle:   Very short, sloping to the back & continuing in a rounded, hollow line up to the tail without a sharp or angular transition; saddle short, broad & covered in plentiful long saddle hackle that connects up to the tail.

Breast:   High & carried forward, full, broad & well rounded.

Wings:    Relatively large & long, rounded at the tips, carried low & backwards without touching the ground- more so in the male than female, carried close to the body so the tips almost touch underneath the body.

Shoulders:  Broad.

Tail:      Carried upright & high(without any steepness) & well-spread, relatively large with rich plumage & well curved & developed sickles that are pointed at the tips & well developed tail coverts.

Abdomen:    Compact with medium down coverage; hardly visible underneath the wings.

Thighs:    Short, well placed apart & viewed from the front parallel to each other.

Shanks & toes:  Shanks short & free of feather with four medium sized toes. Colour to conform to colour of plumage.

Plumage:   Well developed with abundant sickles, side hangers & coverts, down rather sparing.

Weight: Male  500 - 550 gram,  Female  400 - 450 gram

 Serious defects:

Long narrow build
Carriage too sloping
Large, glossy white or red lobes
White in face
Wrong coloured legs or eyes
Whipped tail

Standard Colours in the UK:

Gold Partridge
Silver Partridge 
Yellow Partridge 
Blue Partridge 
Blue Silver Partridge 
Blue Yellow Partridge 

 Non Standard Colours in the UK:

Buff Columbian
Blue tailed Buff Columbian