Pekin Bantam Breed Standard

Origin: Asia
Classification: True Bantam
Egg Colour: White or cream

This is a genuine bantam breed, very old and having no real relationship to the large breed of Cochins. It was imported from Pekin in the middle of the nineteenth century, hence its name. In recent years new colours have been added to the standard.

General characteristics:
Type: Body short and broad. Back short, increasing in breadth to the saddle, which should be very full, rising well from between the shoulders and furnished with long soft feathers. Breast deep and full. Wings short, tightly tucked up, the ends hidden by saddle hackle. Tail very short and full, soft and without hard quill feathers, with abundant converts almost hiding main tail feathers, the whole forming one unbroken duplex curve with back and saddle. General type: tail should be carried higher than the head – ‘tilt’.

Head: Skull small and fine. Beak rather short, stout, slightly curved. Eyes large and bright. Comb single, small, firm, perfectly straight and erect, well serrated, curved from front to back. Face smooth and fine, ear-lobes smooth and fine, preferably nearly as long as the wattles, which are long, ample, smooth and rounded.

Neck: Short, carried forward with abundant long hackle reaching well down the back.

Legs and feet: Legs short and well apart. Stout thighs hidden by plentiful fluff. Hocks completed covered with soft feathers curling round the joints (stiff feathers forming ‘vulture hocks’ are objectionable but not disqualification). Shanks short and thick, abundantly covered with soft outstanding feathers. Toes, four, strong and straight, the middle and outer toes plentifully covered with soft feathers to their tips.

Plumage: Very abundant, long and wide, quite soft with very full fluff.

With the exception of the back (rising into a very full and rounded cushion) the general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences.