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Standard for Danish Suabian
Derived from a translation of the current German standard and interpretaiion of the British standard by Gary Romig

Dilute Bue (true silver) Danish Suabian

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Denmark, since approximately 1840.
General Impression:
Strong field pigeon type with almost horizontal attitude and characteristic markings
Race features:
Relatively narrow not too long, rounded, smooth or peak crested
Orange colored; eye cere narrow, on silver, black and blue - dark, true silver grayish, on red and yellow bright flesh color.
Medium long, not too strong; on silver, blacks and blues beak is black, on true silver horn-colored, on red and yellow bright flesh colored. beak cere is little developed, with white powder texture.
Medium long, throat well cut out.
Broad, well rounded.
Gently sloping downward
Medium long, well resting against the body, covering the back, without crossing wingtips.
Medium long. well closed.
Legs and feet:
Short without feathers; toe nail color the same as bill color.
Tight and smooth, close fitting..
Silver, black, blue, dilute blue (true silver), red, yellow.
Color and Design:
Silver (not true silver which is dilute blue) black, blue, dilute blue, red , yellow. Silver has a dark charcoal ground color with a nut-brown sheen to the upper breast. It should not go over into the gloss color of the rest of the bird or into the ground color, the feather webbing of the primary feathers will show some light 'brownish' color. Black, as above but with a green gloss. Blue and dilute-blue. In common with other blue breeds, the upper breast will be darker with a dark tail bar. Red and Yellow have a clean, solid ground color.
Color and Markings: The ground color starts at upper chest, beginning approx. 1 cm above the level of the wing butt, down through the body, belly, thigh, back and tail including rump and wedge feathers. A ground color cheek design ends with a narrow line over the beak cere. The color under the wings and base of tail are not of great importance.
Secondary Colors: This is the frosty color - on silvers is very light grayish white. On the blacks, blues and true silver, whitish, ivory-colored on reds and yellows. The frosty color extends over forehead, top head, throat, neck, upper back and wing shield, likewise to finch marks and flight webbing.
Face markings: The dark color should just be over the beak cere and with a well defined curve over the eye, following the curve of the head to under the beak in a short 'bib', no more than 2.5 cm below the break.
Breast marking: Color across the breast 1 cm above the shoulder-wing butts, a sharply defined line.
Primary Feather Markings: On both sides of the feather, the webbing is pale, clearly separated from the ground color. When the wings are closed the feather webbing color is hidden and of no importance. Clear and sharp design is of far more important. The tip of each of the primaries is Finch-marked. The clearer and rounder that this marking is, the better. The Finch-marking should be a light color to match the secondary' color of the bird. It should be rounded and of good size but not joined with the light color of the primary flight webbing. It is not so important that the secondary feathers are finch marked. They should be in keeping with the other wing feathers for color.
Bad Faults:
Too small or too large in body, large or false colored eye cere, faulty peak crest (if applicable). Wings not well-closed over the back, loose feathering, feet not well placed, secondary color not clean or clear or very uneven. Color spreading into areas where it should not be. Breast color extending too deeply. White feathers in the thighs or belly. No lighter color to the primary webbing or especially without Finch marks, markings on the wing shield, foul color marks on the forehead and body that should have the clear secondary color. Missing primaries.
Silver: Too blue or too black in ground color. Thighs failing in correct color is a minor fault.
Black: Failing in the green sheen, brown on breast, flecked body color.
Blue and Dilute Blue: Very uneven or too dark in ground color, brown or yellowish breast color.
Red/Yellow: Too dark or bluish (plum/ slaty) color, white or bluish (plum/ slaty) over tail coverts (rump).
Order of evaluation:
Body form, markiing design, color and secondary color. Eyes and beak color.
Band size: