North American Capuchine Club
North American Capuchine Club
Est. 1985
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ODC History

The Old Dutch Capuchine is one of the older breeds of pigeons and likely dates back to the Middle East, Greece or India for its origins. Capuchines were probably brought back to Holland by Dutch sailors no later than the 1500's by Dutch sailors. We know of its presence in Holland in the 1500's by its depiction in several of the Dutch Masters' works of art.

One of the unique characteristics of the Old Dutch Capuchine is the low-set rosettes on both sides of the neck accompanied by the chain, which is formed by the front portion of the rosettes. The chain flows smoothly out of the hood to form an upside down letter U when viewed from the front. Although there are numerous breeds of pigeons that are crested, only a very few have the large rosettes and chain of the Capuchine.

An often-asked question is which came first, the Capuchine or the Jacobin? It seems likely that the Capuchine is the forerunner to the Jacobin since the main difference between the two breeds is the feather length. Seldom does one go from long feather to short feather when developing a breed. The natural shaping of events indicates that enterprising breeders interested in a very long feather length developed the Jacobin. Even as recent as the mid 1800’s there was disagreement among Jacobin breeders about how long the featheration should be. Those desiring the longer feather won out and formed today’s Jacobin. Since the Capuchine is not as extreme as the Jacobin it took a backseat to the newly formed, longer feathered bird and was not widely bred as a show pigeon until the 1970’s. The 1960’s in Europe saw the formation of two specialty clubs devoted to the Old Dutch Capuchine, the Dutch Club and the German Club. The British Old Dutch Capuchine Society was formed in 1972 and the American Capuchine Club (later the Northamerican Capuchine Club) was not formed until 1984. All four clubs are breeding to a nearly identical standard and thus retaining the same style of pigeon, regardless of country. There are currently exhibitions involving breeders from various European countries showing the Old Dutch Capuchine in united exhibits. Judges from more than one country rate the birds on the same basic standard. The breeder base in Holland and Germany is much larger than in the United States and therefore more uniform and the birds are more refined and developed.

There are minor differences. For example, American breeders voted to accept a rare color class as well as an AOC class. However, the basic qualities remain the same as those desired by European breeders. Continuous contact to breeders in all clubs will help to ensure that the same pigeon is bred in all countries. On two different occasions we have had judges from Europe evaluate our birds. Willi Kolb, a noted judge of structure pigeons in Germany judged at the Pageant of Pigeons and awarded several high ratings including the coveted 'E' for excellent! Dick Hammer of Holland also judged our birds likewise awarding high ratings.





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