Old Dutch Capuchine
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This pigeon breed has been known for no less than 500 years. Brought to Holland from India by Dutch sailors in the 1500s, the breed was refined into a show pigeon by Dutch breeders. Old Dutch Capuchines are found in a wide variety of colors such as red, yellow, black, dun, tigered, barred in blue, silver, mealy, and cream, self white, and some of the rarer colors like almond, andalusian, dominant opal, reduced, and brown. Old Dutch Capuchines breed well and easily raise their own young. There are sponsoring specialty clubs for Capuchines in the Netherlands, Germany, England, and the United States. The Northamerican Capuchine Club sponsors Capuchines at many of the larger shows in the U.S. Featuring quarterly bulletins, membership list, and pertinent information on Old Dutch Capuchines, the club may be joined by sending $10 annual dues to:

Jerry Anderson, sec.
1516 N.E. 4th
Moore, OK 73160

I have been fortunate enough to be able to work with this breed since the early 1970s. My current emphasis is on the barred colors, especially cream bar. My ultimate goal is to develop a stud of excellent Capuchines in all barred variations which will consistently receive high ratings. This is a lofty goal considering the present quality of the barred colors but since I am still in my forties I figure I have enough time to reach the goal. I have been fortunate to win the January 1998 NPA Grand National in San Bernardino, California with a cream bar cock bird. However, this particular bird is an exception and depth of quality in the barred colors is still lacking. At the most recent NPA Grand National again in San Bernardino in January of 2006, I won Reserve Champion with a lovely Silver Bar Old Hen. The judge was, once again, our friend from Holland, Dick Hamer.

Further information on Old Dutch Capuchine exhibitions

Commentary on shows within the last several years--including photographs.
Rare Colors in Old Dutch Capuchines

Click on the hypertext to view photos and an article regarding rare colors in Capuchines.
Rare colors
are defined as colors not frequently associated with the breed.

Various Colors Found in Old Dutch Capuchines
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Black This black OC #422 was bred by Jay Beals of Highgrove, California out of stock acquired from Bob Salwey, Frank Soto, and Layne Gardner. 422 was selected as champion at the Oklahoma City Grand National in January 1995. Note the excellent station, color, and markings.
Yellow Yellows are the most widely developed color in Old Dutch Capuchines. The richness of color and strong ornaments are readily apparent.YC #531 was bred by Layne Gardner.
Red Although not a very good photograph, the tremendous width of ornaments is clearly visible. This red YC #569 is a half brother to yellow YC #531 and was champion at the 1997 Hurricane, Utah show. His father was reserve champion at the recent National in Salt Lake City.
Red This red was bred out of German imports by Frank Soto. A fine pigeon, it shows excellent color and ornaments.
Red Tiger This red tiger OC was bred by Hubert Unrast of Germany. Tigered Capuchines represent the pinnacle of breeding and a well tigered bird which is also an excellent Capuchine is a rarity.
Red Tiger At one time my main color was red tiger. This old cock bird from around 1986 had a very nice pattern. It is very difficult to achieve good red color that is not grizzled. Cody Taylor ended up with this bird.
Black Tiger OC Another German bird, I photographed this black tiger OC at the stupendous 1995 Nürnberg, Germany National show. Bred by Uwe Stahmann, this is a fine example of this difficult color variety.
Black Tiger YC This young black tiger doesn't show the strength in the ornaments of Stahmann's old cock bird, however the distribution of tigering is nice. Unfortunately, young birds with such tigering often moult in too much white during the subsequent moult. Station could also be just a bit better with the tail held more horizontal.
Black Tiger This photo was supplied by our good friend from Holland, Dick Hamer. The black tiger cock bird pictured was bred and shown in the Netherlands by Jan de Wit. Nice station and body style. It is better to have too little tigering than too much as there is a definite tendency to moult in too much white.
Cream Bar YC The barred colors in Capuchines are generally way behind the quality of other colors. However, with diligent effort and cooperation between breeders throughout the world, the barred colorations have begun to draw some notice. Though they are still behind in quality, they are getting better each year. It is forseeable that one day a barred Capuchine will be crowned champion. This cream bar young cock bird was bred by Layne Gardner out of a blending of American, Dutch, and German bloodlines.

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