English Show Tippler

Englischer Schautippler

Standard Defining Authority, G.B.


The breed was developed in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century from the Flying Tippler; the Brander bronze colouring was introduced from crosses to the Danish Tumbler. The breed was developed purely as an exhibition bird and must not be confused with flying varieties.

Overall impression:

The English Show Tippler is a small to medium sized pigeon (average weight 350g); the most important elementis richness of colour showing a metallic mauve sheen. The black tail bar and flight tips are an essential feature of the breed.

Characteristics of the breed

Type: Broad chest and shoulders with strong wing butts. The body tapers from the shoulders to tail to form a wedge shape.

Size:A dainty bird of small to medium size

Stance: Carriage sprightly

Posture: Slightly sloping

Head: Small to medium in size showing no exaggeration. The skull is round and not too full in front.

Eyes: Pearl eyes

Eye Ceres:Ceres to be finely textured and dark in colour.

Beak: Medium in length. Carried horizontally. Colourdark horn to black.

Wattles: Finely developed, lacking any sign of coarseness.

Neck: Short, stout at the shoulders, tapering well up to the head.

Breast: Broad and, well rounded.

Back: Broad at the shoulders tapering to tail.

Wings: Medium length wings carried onthe tail. Flights short and broad, overlapping each other when expanded.

Tail: Tail feathers, 12 in number, to be broad and overlapping. Tail carried in line with the back sloping with the tip held clear of the ground.

Legs: Short legsand small feetto be bright red in colour with black nails. Legs to be free of feathers below the hocks

Plumage: Short and close feathered, soft and silky in texture.

Recognised Colour,

The English Show Tippler is only recognised in one colour, this being a rich chocolate brown that must have a metallic mauve sheen, showing no signs of green.The primary and secondary flights have a clearly defined dense black tip to each feather and the tail feathers have a strong black bar approximately 13mm from the end of the tail, the tail bar must cover all 12 tail feathers.Other than the black tail bar there must be no inclination to black colouration in the rump or tail. The recognised show colour is a heterozygote, therefore 25% of the offspring will be Red Mottles and 25% Kite or Dark Phase, though these are ideal for breeding purposes they are not eligible for show.

Colour variations:

Self-Coloured – Rich chocolate brown throughout, especially the under-part of the body through to the tail.White feathers should be penalised.

Dark Mottle – Rich chocolate brown with white feathers evenly distributed on back and wings, but not including the bars. All flight and tail feathers must be rich and sound in colour. White feathers on any other part of the body other than as described are considered foul.

Light Mottle – White or light ground colour with rich chocolate brown feathers evenly mottled throughout. All flight and tail feathers must be rich and sound in colour.

Chuck – A rich chocolate brown chuck on throat below the lower mandible is to be distinct and even. Primary flight feathers and tail feathers to be rich and sound in colour, the remainder of bird viz. head, neck, body and wings, including secondary flights, back and rump to be white or as clear as possible. The secondary flight feathersmust be either all white when it is known as a “10 x 10 Chuck”, or must be rich and sound in colour when it is known as a “Full-Flighted Chuck”.

In all four colour varieties there must be awell-defined Black tail bar; and all primary and secondary flight feathers must be clearly tipped Black with the exception of the white secondary feathers in the“10 x 10 Chuck”.

Serious faults

Chocolate brown colour lacking richness

Lack of mauve sheen

Black or charcoal colouring in rump or tail

Over-developed skull

Prominent frontal or back skull

Feint or indistinct black wing tips or tail bar

Eye colour other than pearl

Light beak colour

Flesh coloured nails

Wide or coarse cere

Coarse wattle

Colour is the main consideration; after colour priority is given to Type followed by Markings. Colour and Type are the two essentials for without them even perfect markings will not make a good show specimen. Only after these three main ingredients have been achieved do factors such as eye, beak, and cere come into the equation. The English Show Tippler must never at any time be judged primarily on condition.


Size & Shape10


Neck 5


Legs & Feet 5

Plumage 5



Condition 5


Total 100

Ring sizes:7mm. UK Ring size A

Year of publication Standard first published 1891. Revision approved by USTC 01/12/ 2012

Group: Tumblers/Highfliers.