Northern Dutch & Parisian Frill 

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his breed is often taken for a smaller version of the Parisian Frill, and further difficulties arise from the fact that
  • This breed is often taken for a smaller version of the Parisian Frill, and
  • further difficulties arise from the fact that the two breeds have frequently been crossed so that many birds intermediate in character are in existence.
  • This should not be so for the Northern Dutch Frill has several features which differ in detail from those of the Parisian.
  • It is a much smaller bird of about 17 cm in length
  • and is much less densely feathered.
  • Too heavy frilling is a fault and greater importance should be attached to the regularity and the symmetry of the frills.
  • It has a small, neat head without any curled feathers and a neck clearly visible and again free from frilling.
  • The mantle is neat and nicely proportioned and without the additional tufting extending down to the rump as in the Parisian.
  • In position it is less erect than the Southern Dutch Frill but nevertheless stands well up with the legs not too bent.


Legs and Feet: Long thighs, normally feathered, legs not too bent. 10 points
Head and Neck: Slightly raised, small and without frills. 15    “
Size: About 17 centimeters. 10    “
Mantle: Symmetrical, well proportioned, without any additional frilling. 15    “
Flank: Full, bulky, even, rising towards the shoulders. 15    “
Breast: Frills symmetrical and complete. 15    “
Condition: Healthy, clean and entire.. 10    “
Plumage: Frills undamaged and symmetrical. 10    “
100 Points


Southern Dutch Frill

SOUTHERN DUTCH FRILL CANARY his breed evidently originated in Belgium apparently from the crossing of the Belgian Canary with Frilled. Once a flourishing variety, it has now become rather scarce, even in its own country, and is said to have been much weakened by inbreeding. In addition to being a frilled breed the Southern Dutch Frill is also a “bird of position��?. It has two positions, one when at rest and the other, the typical show posture, when it draws itself up erect on stiffly braced legs with the head thrust forward, giving the bird the form of a figure seven.















In addition to these three main kinds of frill there exist equally a certain number of secondary frills completing the general effect and harmony of the subject.
These are:

The Head   Feathers coming down on one of both sides of the head forming a “skull-cap”. 2. Curled up and rolled in the form of a “helmet”. 3. Sweeping each side of the face to give a “whiskered” effect.

The Neck  A general collar of curled feathers.

The Rump  Feathers falling on each side of the base of the tail, similar to the saddle feathers of a cockerel, called “cock feathers”. The rump must be long and densely feathered.

ELEGANCE  This is brought about by the carriage, which is proud and majestic, by the arrangement of the frills, and by the perfect symmetry of the bird. In the Parisian Frill two forms of carriage can be distinguished,
1. High carriage (well raised up)
2. Low carriage. (At shows the high carriage will always be preferred).

Flights  The flight feathers must be long and as regular as is possible.

Legs and Feet Two types can be distinguished which are more or less characterized by the kind of feathering on the leg: 1. Where the thighs are covered with long feathers which also cover the rest of the leg to some extent (“trousered” type). 2. The type where the thighs are covered with short silky feathering without any long feathers covering the legs. At shows a “trousered” subject will always have preference.

Tail  The tail must be long and straight, closely folded, and ending as squa4ely as possible. A deeply forked tail is a fault, as too is a raised tail.

Condition  Being essentially and exhibition bird, the Parisian Frilled Canary must be presented on the show bench with all the care possible and in irreproachable condition, meticulous cleanliness and perfect health


Size and Shape: From 19 to 22 cm. Well Built. 10 points
Feathering: Very even, Fine and long, or crisp and sharp. 10 “
Position: Well poised. Massive and symmetrical disposition of the feathers. 10 “
Mantle: Abundant and well develop, with frills reaching almost to the rump.. 15 “
Breast Feathers: Double frills, well furnished and symmetrical. 10 “
Flanks: Symmetrical with mantle and jabot. Rising well over the wings and shoulders. 10 “
Head and Neck: Frills on the head of the type “calotte” or the type “casquette”. Perfect transition from head to body. 8 “
Tail Coverts: Falling evenly from the rump on either side. 5 “
Wings: Long and close to the body. 5 “
Legs and Feet: Well developed. Nails like corkscrew 4 “
Tail: Long and large. Type of quills in line. 4 “
Condition: Vigorous, with poise. General impression massive and symmetrical. 8 “
100 points


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