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Male Characteristics

CARRIAGE Stylish, compact and lively.
TYPE Body broad and stout looking. Back short, saddle silky and rising to the tail, stern broad and abundantly covered with fine fluff, saddle hackles soft, abundant and flowing. Breast broad and full; shoulders stout, square and fairly covered with the neck hackle. Wings soft and fluffy at the shoulders, the ends of the flights ragged and `osprey plumaged' (i.e.with some strands of the flight hanging loosely downwards). Tail short and very ragged at the end of the harder feathers of the tail proper. it should not be flowing but of a short round curve.
HEAD Short and neat. Crest soft and full, as upright as the comb will permit, and having half a dozen to a dozen soft, silky feathers streaming gracefully backwards from lower and back part of crest to a length of about 3.75cm (1 1/2 in). The crest proper should not show any hardness of feathers. Beak short and stout at base. Comb almost circular in shape, preferably broader than long, with a number of small prominences over it; preferably having a slight indentation or furrow transversely across the middle. Eyes brilliant and not too prominent. Face smooth. Bearded variety: The beard and muff is comprised of feathers turned horizontally backwards, from both sides of the beak; and from the centre vertically downwards. The whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffling effect. Wattles concave, nearly semi-circular, not long or pendent. Ear-lobes Non-bearded variety: more oval than round. Bearded variety: very small, almost concealed by the beard.
NECK Short or medium length, broad and full at base with the hackle abundant and flowing.
PLUMAGE Very silky and fluffy with a profusion of hair-like feathers.
LEGS AND FEET Free from scaliness. Thighs wide apart and legs short. Thighs covered with abundant fluff. No hard feathers on the hocks but a profusion of soft silky plumage on them is permissable. The feathers on the legs should be moderate in quantity. Toes five, the fourth or rear toe and the fifth diverging from one another. The middle and outer toes feathered, but these feathers should not be too hard.

Female Characteristics

Saddle broad and well cushioned with the silkiest of plumage which should nearly smother the tail, the ragged ends alone protruding, and inclined to be "Cochiny" in appearance. The legs are particularly short in the female with the underfluff and thigh fluff nearly meeting the ground. The head crest is short and neat, like a powder puff and with no hard feathers, nor should the eye be hidden by the crest which should stand up and out, not split by the comb. Comb small. Ear-lobes small and roundish. Wattles either absent or small and oval in shape. Other general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences


BLACK Male and Female Plumage Black all over with a green sheen in the males; some colour in hackles is permissable.
BLUE Male and Female Plumage An even shade of blue from head to tail; a self colour, and neither laced nor barred.
BLUE RED c Mate and Female Plumage: Colour and markings as for the Partridge Silkie with black everywhere replaced by blue.
GOLD Male and Female Plumage An even shade of golden buff, avoiding pale lemon colour on the one hand and brownish orange on the other. Clear colour throughout to be preferred but some darker feathers permissable in tail of both sexes.
GREY Male and Female Plumage Head and crest: male dark grey, female pearly grey. Neck hackles and saddle hackle of male: light grey streaked with darker grey. Shoulders, fronts and wing bows of male: slaty grey with shafting of darker grey. Breast: light grey. Primaries and secondaries of both sexes: solid even shade of slaty grey. Plumage throughout all remaining sections of both male and female: even shade of pearly grey.
PARTRIDGE Male Plumage: Head and crest dark orange? Hackles orange/yellow, free from washiness, each feather having a clear black stripe down the centre.. Back and shoulders dark orange. Wing bar, solid black. Primaries black, free of any white. Secondaries: outer web dark orange, inner web black, the dark orange alone showing when the wing is closed. Tail and sickles black. Leg and foot feather black. Breast and fluff black. Undercolour: slate-grey, free from white.
WHITE Male and Female Plumage Plumage snow white throughout all sections.
In both sexes of all varieties: Beak slaty blue. Eyes black. Comb, face and wattles mulberry. Ear-lobes turquoise blue or mulberry, the former preferred. Legs and feet leaden. Nails blue-white. Skin mulberry.

Male 1.58 - 2.00 kg (3 1/2 - 4 112 lb)
Female 1.15-1-58kg (2112-31121b)
Male 570 - 680 g (20 - 24 oz)
Female 455 - 570 g (16 - 20 oz)

Type 20
Head (incl beard & muff where present) 30
Legs 10
Colour 10
Plumage 30

Serious Defects

  • Hard feathers.
  • Vulture hocks.
  • Green beak or green tip to beak.
  • Horns protruding from comb.
  • Ruddy comb or face.
  • Eye other than black.
  • Incorrect colour of plumage.
  • Plumage not silky.
  • Want of crest.
  • "Polish" or "split" crest.
  • Eyesight obscured by crest.
  • Green soles to feet.


  • Single comb.
  • Green legs.
  • Incorrect colour of skin.
  • Toes other than five.
  • Featherless legs and feet.
  • See also lists of General Disqualifications and Serious Defects,

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