I started with the German Double Crests (referred to after this as the GDC) in 2000. I raised several nice birds that year and have them still to this day. My first pair was purchased from NPA master breeder Jim Buhrmeister of Illinois. They were a black tailmark hen and a black mismark (white in flights) cock. From this mating I got blue, red and black tailmarks, black, blue check, red selfs and black, blue check and red splash birds with solid white muffs! These crazy patterns are the reason I really stayed with them at first. Now many breeding seasons later I have birds in black, red, white, blue check, red tailmark, ash red tailmark, blue tailmark, black tailmark, several mosiacss and several mismarked blues. At Des Moines 2005 I purchased 2 more pair from Jim, a young pair of whites and two ash red spread and splashed cocks that will be mated to my blues and blacks. In 2007 I had a great breeding season and am keeping back at least 10 young birds to use.
One thing I like about this breed, is it is similiar in size to the Bokhara and English, yet much tighther feathered than both. They have a smaller rose so they are able to see better than a Bokhara and they actually can sit on their own eggs and hatch out and raise their own! Hard to do for either the BOK or the ET. They also have a more common trumpeting ability, and harder feather. This breed should also be void of rosettes with a medium size crest.
Three of my white muffed GDC. Black hen, red splash cock.
Young pair of DC, a bluetail and a white nestmates from 2005. Mosiacs!! Ash Red Check/Black cock and his daughter an Ash Yellow Check/Dun hen. They are mated together to see what will come of it. Interesting how the pattern is nearly the same on both birds! A very pretty bluetail hen bred in 2005.
German Double Crested Trumpeter,
Bred from the Russian Trumpeter in Germany.
a large, strong and Richly Feathered Pigeon, almost Horizontal Body underline, Rich Head Ornimentation,
long thick Muffs, High enough Standing to allowe the Muffs and Thigh Feathers to be clearly seen.
strong, broad, with a thick, high Set, Broad and free standing Shell-Crest, which can be set with or without Rosettes either side.
a distinct 'Break' in the Maine at the back of the Neck is desired.
The Beak-Crest is richly feathered and should be an unbroken, 'Oval' Form, the greater part covering the Beak-Cere.
Vision should not be obscured.
dark Orange, (with Red and Duns a lighter coloured Iris allowed),
with Whites and Erbsgelbe (Cream)(literaly 'Pea-Yellow), Dark colour(Bull-Eyed), for Pieds, depending on the Head Colour, either Dark or Orange (both the same colour).
Eye-Cere fine and Pale to dark depending on the pigeons colour.
medium length, Pale colour for all light/White coloured birds, Horn colour for Dilutes and Chequers, Dark to Black for Dark coloured birds, for Reds a shaded Beak is acknowledged.
short and thick, with a full Throat.
Broad, deep, carried well foreward.
broad and long, slightly sloping.
broad and strong, not to reach the Tail Tip, covering the Back well.
long, with broad Feathers.
short, with long, thick Muffs, without gaps/missing Feathers. the Muffs should be well formed and with a Curving sweep to the Sides, blending with the Thigh
Oppulent, broad Feathering, smooth and without loosness.
White. Black.Red. Yellow. Blue with or without Black Bars. Blue Chequer.
Dilute Blue with or without Dark Bars or Chequer.
Erbsgelbe (Pea-Yellow) (Cream but with a Whitish Head and distinct Yellow Neck and Ivory Body).
Mealy Chequer. Cream Chequer.
Muselköpfig in Black (White Flecking to the Head) with or without a White 'Wing 'Rose'.
Tiger and Pied in, Black. Red. Yellow. Blue:
White Bar and Chequer in Black. Blue. Dilute Blue. Red and Yellow.
Colour and markings,
the dark Colours Rich and Deep with a good Sheen (with Blacks a Green Sheen). the Blues and dilutes Clear and even, not 'Rusty' or Shaded.
Bars should be clear and not too Broad, well seperated and crossing the Closed Wing-shield.
the Chequering on the Wings must be distinct and even, some Back and Thigh Markings allowed.
Dilute Blue and Dilute Blue Cheq' must not have an Ochre Colour to the Breast.
Mealies and Creams and also the Chequers in those colours
would have Paler Heads (and Orange eyes) and must have the Primary feathers, Tail and Muffs a Pale Colour.
Erbsgelbe, (Pea-Yellow) have a Light Yellow Neck, Breast and
Wing Bars, the White colour of the Head blending softly with the Yellow of the Neck, the Wing Shield, Belly and Back is Ivory Colour, the Tail, Primary feathers and Muffs are White, (*Note, the Inner Webbing of the Muff Feathers should be lightly suffused with colour*).
Females of this colour will have a light Greyish tone to the Breast and Belly.
Muselköpfig have a deep Black with a rich Sheen,
the Head is Flecked with White Feathers, when with a Wing 'Rose', to have 5 to 10 White Feathers on the Wing Butts.
Tiger must have the Primaries, Tail, Belly and Muffs a solid Colour, no White, the rest of the Head, Neck and Body to be
evenly marked with White Feathers.
Pied have a White Ground colour with desired Patches (not small flecks) of colour as evenly distributed as possible over the entire Bird, to include the Primaries and Tail, niether the Tail or Primaries should be Solid colour.
Birds with too little White or Colour or incorrectly marked, would not be regarded as either Pied or Tigered.
White Bar and Chequer Birds are normaly less full in feather and with Shorter feathering, this should not be of prime importance with these colours.
the White Bars and White Chequering of the Blues and Dilute Blues to have a fine Black(for Blues) or Dark (for Dilutes) Edge to the Bars and Feather Edging of the Chequering.
weak, small Body, too high on the Leg or sloping Stance.
Shell-Crest, weak, thin, loose or too deeply set down the rear of the Neck. Rosettes (if Present) open and loose.
Beak-Crest obstructing Vision, incomplete Oval shape, open Centre, Crest Feathers should lay flat, not sticking-up, nor weak and loose.
Muffs too short or with gaps(broken Feathers tolerated but not missing Feathers), missing Feathers on the insides of the Toes (forming the Complete Muffs).
Wings not covering the Back well (open Back), 'Sabre' Primaries (too long and Curved),
Feathering too loose, Red Eye-Cere, Matt Colour,
Bluish shading to the Feather webbing with Blacks, Reds and Yellows. White Backs with Blue coloured Birds.
'Flecking' in the Feather Webbing of the Primaries, Tail or Muffs, Poor Wing Shield Markings or Bars,
a White Bib on the front of the Neck, evidence of a third Wing Bar, uneven Wing Shield colour, pure White Muff Feathers, Dark Blue Breast or Belly, (Females allowed a light Grey tone)
For Tigered and Pied, very uneven markings, or incorrect markings.
Order of importance,
Breed Type and balance. Body and Stance, overall preparation, Head Ornimentation, Muffs, Colour and Markings, Eye and Beak colour.
Band Size: 12