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Sonja van Vliet



 The "Holle Cropper"is an ancient Dutch breed.    vlag


               Yet in the 17th century in a diversity of writings and paintings, like the paintings of d'Hondecoeter,
               the forefather
of the Holle Cropper is mentioned, namely the Uploper.
               Through the centuries the breed is developed as we know it now,

                                          The Holle Cropper.            Holle Cropper

AND AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF FANCY PIGEON BREEDS.

                           * The Holle Cropper is bred for it's body marks!
                           * The bird is positioned horizontal, is build as short as possible and along with that,
                              the bird must have as much dept in breast as possible.

                           * The Holle Cropper is round from every which way you look.
                           * The neck is long and leaning smoothly on the back of the bird.
                           * A smooth, large and nicely looking crop complete the animal.

But when all the important marks of the breed are successfully coming,
together in one bird the job is not done yet.
If you don't take the time to train the bird for shows,
it never will look as good as you want in the showpen.
This is whenthe skills of the breeder/owner of the birds come forward.
For sure it is a breed whith a challenge.
When such beautiful birds are bred and shown there also should be a club,
that stands up for the interest for both birds and breeders.

THE 'VRIENDEN HOLLE KROPPER FOKKERS-NEDERLAND'
FRIENDS HOLLE CROPPER BREEDERS-NEDERLAND
is that club.

About 75% of the breeders, but some from abroad as well member of our club.
* In Februari we have the symposium.
* In August we have our young birdshow along with barbecue.

It's these days that bond the breeders together as well as the breeders with the judges.
It's where everyone can say
what they need to, so it's understood what the breeders want
( and know what they can do) and the judges can go along whit that so it's easier for them,
to judge the birds, keeping in mind what is possible at present times.
Have you ever been on housecall whit far too many breeders visiting one of your fellow breeders?
Just for the fun of it? It can happen to you when you join our club!

You want to start breeding Holle Croppers? You want some more information about the Holle cropper?
Just email Secretary's office and you will be contacted as soon as possible.


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 The Holle Cropper Marks                                  

The Holle Cropper is a Small , delicate, short but broad cropper,
with extraordinary grace and liveliness.
It is originated in the Nerherlands.
It carries its body horizontally and stands on its toes in an alert jaunty,
manner with its head carried well back toward its tail.

A vertical line through the eye falls behind the foot position.
It has a large, wide rather than high globe which, combined with roundness of the body,
gives the impression of a sphere with the tail as a horizontal handle.

 CARRIAGE
Should be horizontal, standing on its toes with just sufficient action of its neck,
to animate the body with a tremulous

motion that is kept under control.
The wings schould be carried straight back horizontally from the body.
The tail should be carried slightly through horizontal.
The neck is well coiled and falling into the hollowed back with an easy,
action so that the globe merges with the body,

to form a round outline, blousing over a little over de sides of the body,
with the head resting lightly in the center of the globe.

GLOBE
It is all important that the Globe should be in proportion to the size of the body,
and round from every angle,

fitting with the circular outline of the bird.
It should be kept well inflated and evenly rising from the ches,
to fall into hollowed back where it merges with the body,

thus linking body, neck, and globe to give a circular outline which starts under the tail and continues,
under and around the juncture of the globe with the rump.

BODY
Short and compact, round as possible with a short, straight keel and a broad rounded chest.

The back should be hollow without any suggestion of flatness or rounded shoulders (roach back).
The body should combine with the globe to give the bird a " ball- like"appearance.

Head
The head should be medium size, dove-like in shape with the frontal rising up well from the wattle.

Eyes
The eyes should be bold and bright, dark bull eyes in whites and yellow, orange or pearl in other colors.
The cere is fine and silky and colored according to the body color.

Beak
The beak is medium in length, the wattles small and fine in texture.

Neck
The neck should be long, elegant, S-shaped, and loose and easy in motion when strutting.
The head should be held centered in the globe and not dropped off to one side.

Legs
The legs are straight and close set, parallel from the front vieuw and clean or slightly feathered.
The feet are small, fine, and neat.

Tail
The tail is short , compact, broad feathered but tightly closed and carried horizontally.

Wings
The wings are wel braced, fitted closely to the body, with the flights slightly,
shorter than the tail and carried on the top of it witout crossing.

Condition, color&markings
The bird should be in a bright, fit state of health, with the plumage completely , feathered out.
The feathering should be short and bright, except the vent area, where fluffiness is demanded to complete,
the round outline.

It may be self ( or solid colored), pied as in other pouters, or tiger-spashed.
Colors , which are all the standard pigeon colors, must be bright, clean, even, and lustrous.


Faults
Body and tail length that spoils the ball-like appearance.
Narrow body or chest.
Failure to fill the globe.
Lack of animation and motion.
Crooked or bent legs.
Lack of horizontal posture.
Unevenness in globe or body outline.
Poor or faded color or mismarkings.
Poor condition or missing feathers.
Prominent wing butts.
Wry tail.