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From “Lancashire News” Year 5 N. 1

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 From the friend, English judge Kevin McCallum, I receive an old article of Terry Dodwell who raised and studied the Lancashire in first years 60. Even if the techniques of breeding and the standards have been modified, think that the written one of Dodwell can be of a sure interest for all we.

    In a recent article (Newsletter, May 1979) I advised a method to analyze your Scotch, examining voice for voice of the standard, to the aim to attribute they a credible evalutation is like prelude to the season cove that  the until exposure.

    To make that I had taken like base a "media" of the varied staircases values that had been published in the spent 100 years from varied authority , from the varied writers of the Victorian Periods and Edoardiane until the times ours from the varied specialized associations.

    I admit that it was a rather arbitrary method of approach to the problem for the continuous changes in the standard, but for less I retained an impartial approval of opinions reached from the experts in the last 100 years.

    In this article I applied the same starts for another one ours old English race, the Lancashire, and so make met the same difficulty, that is to say where be some standard, because some be too synthetic, gathering different features in a sole main and other voice ecessively detailed.

   W. to. Blakston (about 1878) like to the usual one presented an exceptional standard , even though rather prolix like often happened at the majority of the Victorian writers. Its almost contemporary R. L. Wallace (in the "The canary book") concluded its chapter on the Lancashire with a long strip of points lacking descriptive every detail, how follows:

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Our staircase OVCA , that is that of the old Association Connoisseurs Lancashire and Lizard , is the most short of everything, mentioning alone 6 shouting. All the staircases , naturally assigned highs you punctuate to the size while, the large authority C. TO. House, whose interest for the race spanned from 1880 to 1930, did not attribute some point to the like such size, even though the large conformation was named in the description of everything the other features.

    How have I signalled in the mine recent article on the Scotch, the expert breeder difficult needs of a staircase you push like leader ; he has (or should have) a such blow of eye to sort a bird in little seconds, actual how does a judge in a show.

    The neophyte, instead, normally should observe to long and perhaps to note itself some observation on the subject before to begin its judgment.

    Therefore, like for the Scotch, it the following method of observation on the Lancashire allow to advise myself, indicating, in order of importance , the main features: Head: in all of the standard examined the head of the Plain Head collects the greater number of points, normally the same attributes to the tuft of the Coppy. The long, thick feathers of the tuft should be carried quite before and to the sides, above beak and eyes, but to come down quite supporters on the nape forming a ¾ radial or forms to "horse iron". In the description of the Plain Head emphasize themselves : the long and thick eyebrow covering partially the eye and the gloomy appearance. Approximately the Plain Head is for the tuft what the Bred is for the Crest. If, using a pencil, the long and thick feathers push themselves before, these should reach the point of the beak.

Shape: I reunited together a lot of shouting even though some standard (like that of Wallace ) take in individually some consideration parts of the body or other of it give simply an entire description.

The ours same standard weird alone mention neck and back but, taken in the complex one, the sum you push of the varied parts of the body amounts to 30. However all the parts of the body have to be strong, massive; full and big neck , wide and strong back, spacious chest; long body and tapered , long wings and tail.

Ransom: between the large races , the Lancashire is what to the voice cuts collects more points: from 20 to 25 different second standard. The measure request is of 8 thumbs (cm. 20,30), but only a slight number of the modern Lancashire "reconstructed" reaches this measure. For all the races the length is very difficult maintain and very easy lose , therefore you ensured that all of the subjects of your breeding themselves approach or surpass this ransom.

Position: normally come attributed them 10 points, but our standard expects of it 15. The bird should present be raised, vigorous and imposing in the appearance , ever crouched or hunched.

Conditions: this voice appears in the standard of everything the races. It is not reported alone to the general health, but also to the cleanliness, liveliness and how it is moved the subject.

Quality of the feather: This in the Lancashire never had much importance. The media of some standard is only of 5 points. The ours it does not expect points because, weird, our modern birds have a quality of the very better feather of those shutters war.

Colour: again of no importance, with scores to the utmost of 3!!

Ancient the brined were of a yellow fine one and colourless and the intense I am more of a pale yellow lemon. The present Lancashire have undoubtedly a better colour of their predecessors, a feature inherited without doubt from the blood York. It is necessary also to remember that the Lancashire always was, for tradition, a race reared in the only type lipocrome without to admit some variegazione; alone exception the tuft of the Coppy that can be speckled. A time, to the shows , were yourselves two categories for the Coppy with the tuft totally lipocrome and with the streaked tuft; but today, for the deficiency of the subjects , the category is unified.

No tolerance for the Plain Head.

In the breeding , however, sometimes from subjects entirely lipocrome can be born young with pezzature on the wings, either on the neck or on the back. It is not yourselves nothing to fear for their reproductive utilization; like inexplicably, the pezzature are appeared is as much exceptional that present again.

The OVCA (Old Varieties Canaries Association), look after some standard of the ours old races, should keep watch that to the shows do not come exhibited spotted subjects. They informed me that in the Continent they come exhibited spotted Lancashire and also heavily variegated (N.d.r. ???).

Like birds do not have the law of itself of the name of the Contea Lancashire!!

                                                                                   Terry Dodwell

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