The United Fancy Homer Club

Catering for Breeders of British Antwerps, Exhibition, Genuine, Germany Beauty & Show Homers

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British Antwerp Standard EE Standard


The United Fancy Homer Club (UK).



Origin:  They may be traced to Northern Belgium in the early 19th Century, and were introduced into England in the 1870’s, being named after the city of origin, and its homing instinct, the Homing Antwerp. After crossing by British fanciers, the British Antwerp emerged. A breed club was formed in 1890.


Overall Impression:  A pigeon of bold and upright stance, the head properties being of prime importance, especially an even sweep, with good width and substance of skull.

Characteristics of Breed:

Head: Large, massive and oval in shape. When viewed in profile, a long sweep from tip of beak to the skull, and a good height above the eye. The head should have a slightly down faced appearance when seen in profile, this should form an even sweep from the tip of the beak to the back of the skull.

Eyes: Large, bright, blood red in colour.

Eye Ceres: Dark in colour when young, but allowed to be lighter with age.

Beak: The beak should be stout as possible, blunt at the tip, mandibles to be of equal substance. Black preferred as the colour.

Wattles: Moderate size and leaf shaped.

Throat: Full, but not showing any signs of gullet.

Neck: Moderately long, tapering from chest to base of skull.

Body: Large and shapely, considerable depth of breast.

Wings: Flights to be short, broad and carried lightly on the tail.

Tail: Short, broad feathers, carried off the ground.

Legs and feet: Moderately long and sturdy, deep red in colour.

Plumage: The feathers should be hard and close fitting and in great condition.

Stance/Carriage: Bold, alert, upright and smart.

Recognised Colours: Blues – sound and even throughout, bars black and fairly broad.Mealies – good even colour throughout with broad bars. Chequers to be evenly marked and well defined,

Serious Faults: Lack of body size. Pinched appearance behind the wattle; coarseness of wattle and cere. Irregular box shaped skull; irregular or open beak; presence of gullet and frill. Webbed feet.

Order of Importance: It is vital importance that the highest standard should be obtained in a typical British Antwerp. Quality depends mainly on a general combination of the chief characteristics, head properties being of prime importance, especially the sweep, with good width and substance of the skull. Birds when exhibited should be in perfect natural condition.Benefical preparation of an exhibit should be encouraged.


Scale of Points:

Face                                 20 points.

Beak                                20   “

Top & back skull            15   “

Eye & cere                       10   “

Wattle                              10   “

Throat                               5    “

Neck                                  5    “

Stance & carriage           5    “

Colour                              10  “



Ring Size 11mm (UK size E)


Year of publication: Re-formatted to meet EE-Standard model on 28th December 2011, at the AGM of the United Fancy Homer Club.


Breed Grouping :Wattle/Head.



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