This breed, the Old German Owl, is the
originator of the short faced German Shield Owls. It was the
first breed in Germany to be called Mavchen, Little Gull, due to
the resemblance of color and markings of the Silver Gull. The
breed was again formally recognized in Germany in 1956, but the
first official standard was not adopted in Europe until 1960.
The Old German Owl Club adopted this standard in 1998, and it
was subsequently adopted by the National Pigeon Association of
America in 1999. No revisions have been made to date.
Medium sized, compact, charming, gentle,
active pigeon with a distinct owl character. The breed has a
medium sized beak, nearly rounded head, and well developed
frill. It is found in self, shield, and tail-marked varieties.
- Head: Nearly round, broad, with a
well arched forehead and a small full shell crest, closing
- Eyes: Large, bright and lively bull
eyes. Cere is light and delicate.
- Beak: Medium length, broad, light
flesh color, making an obtuse angle with the forehead. The
wattle is small and undeveloped.
- Neck: Short, stocky, held proudly,
slanting slightly backwards and upright. The throat has a
slight dewlap and a well developed frill.
- Breast: Broad, well rounded and held
- Back: Broad in the shoulders,
becoming narrower toward the tail, and sloping downward.
- Wings: Strong, lying close to the
body, covering the back, and resting on the tail.
- Tail: Held tightly together, as
short as possible.
- Legs: Short, shanks are scarcely
visible. The feet and toes are never feathered.
- Feathers: Well developed, lying
tightly against the body.
Current Available Colors and
Blue, ash red, recessive red, brown,
spread, checks, and bars in black, red, brown and white and
dilutes of these base colors.. Self white and red.
Colors And Markings
All colors are to be as smooth, clear,
and saturated as possible. The body color is pure white. The
shield marked variety ideally has 10 white flight feathers with
colored thumb feathers. The tail marked variety is pure white
except for the colored tail feathers which include a
wedge-shaped portion of the back and body under the tail.
Long body or long feathers; narrow, flat,
long or angular head; skimpy, crooked, or too low set crest;
missing rosettes; heavy, smudged, uneven bars or checks; long
thin beak; coarse or dark eye ceres; missing frill; narrow
breast; drooping wings; too upright a station; poor
(unsaturated) color; noticeably colored thighs, colored feathers
on the head or body; if shield marked, white feathers in shield,
uneven, unsymmetrical, incomplete shields, white thumb feathers;
if tail marked, white or faulty tail feathers, white plumage
under tail area.
Order of Rating
Overall impression, body form, head and
beak, crest, neck and frill, color and markings.
Weighting of elements
- Overall impression 25
- Body Form 20
- Head and Beak 15
- Crest 10
- Neck and Frill 10
- Markings 10
- Color 10
The overall body impression is of a
medium sized owl, standing nearly horizontally, and weighing
between 10 and 13 oz. There is no preference for size within the
range. The station is almost horizontal, sloping only slightly
downward toward the tail. The head is held upright and very
slightly backward, providing a slightly protruding appearance to
There is a preference in shield marked
varieties for an even number of white flights. Ten by 10 white
flights, with colored thumb feathers is ideal and is desired
over 10 by 9. Even 9 by 9 is preferred over 10 by 9. However,
colored thumb feathers are more important than an even number of
flights because it makes the shield marking more perfect in
appearance. A 9 by 10 white flighted bird with colored thumb
feathers is preferred over a 10 by 10 without colored thumb
feathers on even one side.
The preference for tail marked varieties
is for an even line of demarcation between color and white about
half way between the area where the wings first separate from
the back and the actual beginning of the tail feathers. An even
line, both top and bottom, is more important than the actual
location of the line on the back.
The perfect crest is symmetrical, with a
smooth arch, ending with small rosettes on both sides. The
highest part of the crest will be above the head. This precludes
the crest from sitting too far back on the head. The crest line
should not be so far forward, however, as to crowd the eyes. The
eyes should be about equidistant between the wattle and
beginning of the crest line.
The eyes should be dark and large with
very small, almost insignificant, eye ceres. Smaller eye ceres
are preferred over larger eye ceres even if the larger eye ceres
are lighter colored.
Stouter, fuller appearing necks are
preferred to longer skinnier appearing necks. A small but
distinct dewlap should be present. The neck frill should be as
pronounced as possible with feathers going equally to both
sides. A shorter frill going equally to both sides is preferred
to a longer frill where feathers point in only one direction.
The beak is one of the distinctive
characteristics of this particular owl variety. The beak is what
provides the pleasant looking face of this owl. The beak does
not lie in a smooth arch with the head, but rather shows a
distinctive, though shallow, angle. It is short in appearance,
which is partly caused by the broad width of the beak in
relation to its length. These owls can feed their young readily.
While no preference is given to any one
color or combination of colors, all colors should be as bright,
smooth and even as possible. In barred, checked, and other
marked varieties, the marking should be as distinct as possible.
Judges may wish to consider grouping
specimens, when there are enough birds to do so, in the
- separate selfs, shield, and tail
marked varieties, regardless of color or markings,
- separate spread from marked
- separate marked varieties, i.e. bar
- separate by color.