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Standard breeds/Colours
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:54:56 pm »
 I have come to realise that some colours of certain breeds are not allowed to be shown in a class where as a different colour can be shown. Why is this? And is there anything that can be done to change this?
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Re: Standard breeds/Colours
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2015, 09:32:51 pm »
Example please


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Re: Standard breeds/Colours
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2015, 09:37:07 pm »
I have Breda fowl. This is a dutch breed that has recently come into the UK. I'm allowed to show the blues and blacks in the rare breed category but the splash has to be shown in the non standard category which is only at the very large shows. Why is this colour not standard over here? Is there anyway that this can be changed?


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Re: Standard breeds/Colours
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2015, 09:43:56 pm »
I just wrote a comparison between this and dog breed standards - it disappeared so here is a potted version.

The Kennel Club is the Governing Body for dogs. 

Each breed club or group of clubs together as a Breed Council, has drawn up (or for new breeds draws up) the relevant breed standard, which includes shape, size, weight, colours etc

This standard is then submitted to the Kennel Club for approval, and once accepted and printed can only be changed after consultation with and the agreement of the kennel Club

I'd have thought that would be the case for the Poultry etc governing body - the National Poultry Association maybe?
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Re: Standard breeds/Colours
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2015, 09:04:47 am »
As I understand it Mendel's Law kicks in here. The way you would get a splash bird would be Blue x Blue = 50% Blue, 25% Black, 25% Splash, or Blue x Splash = 50% Blue, 50% Splash, or Splash x Splash = 100% Splash.  Splash x Black = 100% Blue.  Since one of the requirements of a breed standard is that the colouring should be predictable and consistent I would gues that just isn't the case with spash birds.


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