OVERVIEW PIGEON BREEDS

In order to let you get acquainted with the different breeds, a breed sheet of each pigeon breed will be shown here over time. However, this sheet will only become available once we have a photo of a breed-typical animal. Is your favorite breed not on it yet and do you have a nice photo? Send it to the webmaster!

251 pigeon breeds have been recognized by AOBA. Soon you can pick up the complete list here (in pdf). Please always use these correct names for the breed and the color, both when applying for the breeder card and when registering at exhibitions! This prevents a lot of confusion ... Since this list is too long to publish here, it was decided to classify the varieties according to the European group system. Below you will find an explanation of the different groups, so that you have an idea of ​​where the variety you are looking for could be located. If you cannot find the breed, use the search function at the top right. These breed tokens only serve as a first introduction to the breed. For more information about the specific breed characteristics, please refer to the official pigeon standard (see: standards).

The group of the form pigeons is the least pronounced group. It houses, among other things, the wam pigeons, the beauty racing pigeon breeds, the meat pigeon breeds and the giant pigeon breeds. In these breeds, type and position are usually of particular importance and to a lesser extent the color and drawing, although the latter is also important for strikingly drawn or colored varieties such as the Lahore or the Cauchois. As the name suggests, wart pigeons have wart-like bulges around the eyes and / or beak. 

The chicken pigeon breeds owe their name to the fact that with their horizontal back, ascending short tail and often long neck and legs, they resemble a chicken.

Like all birds, pigeons also have a head and most cocks inflate them when they parade for a hen. This blowing action was so striking that people started to select varieties for active blowing and larger heads. these pigeons we classify as cropper pigeons.

For certain varieties, selection based on perfect color and drawing led to very striking appearances. These rather small breeds, where the breed name often refers to a striking breed characteristic (eg white tail, freckle head, snip pigeon, shield pigeon ...) are bundled under the color pigeon group.

Drum pigeons owe their striking name to the fact that they do not race like the other pigeon breeds, but produce a sound that resembles drumming.

Structure pigeons are pigeons with different feathering types such as a neck collar, curly feathers or a fan tail. 

Breeds that belong to the group of gull pigeons always have a jabot: a row of curled feathers on the chest. 

Tumblers, high flyers and ring bearings have been bred for centuries because of their playful flying characteristics. Some of these breeds have forgotten this playful character due to incorrect selection, but a few persistent breeders are trying to breed pigeons that are worthy of their name not only in appearance but also in flight characteristics.  This group is the largest.