The Pigeon Cote Presents: the Capuchine

White Capachine

Black Capachine

Tiggered Capachine

Mealy/Red bar Capachine

Red Capachine

This breed is one of the older fancy breeds having originated no later than the 1500s. It was during this time period that the breed was brought from India to Holland by Dutch sailors. Although it certainly did not originate there, the breed was developed for show purposes by the Dutch fanciers.

The Capuchine has a well developed hood with elliptically shaped rosettes on either side of the neck. The breed should have relatively hard feather and not the soft, long feather found in Jacobins. One of the very attractive traits is the horizontal station with the tail held parallel to the floor.

Old Dutch Capuchines are found in many colors with yellow, white, red, and black being most popular. The tigered colors feature an alternation of colored and white areas and are quite eye-catching. Also attractive are the relatively scarce barred colors in red, yellow, blue, and silver barred.

The breed has some genetics enthusiasts who breed some of the rarer colorations such as reduced, dominant opal, andalusian, brown, almond and toy stencil. The best quality is currently found in the yellows, reds, and whites. The most recent National Champion was a white while the reserve champion was a red.

Capuchines are an easy breed to raise and are sometimes used as foster parents for other breeds. To breed a champion, however, requires skill and patience.
There are good exhibitions of Old Dutch Capuchines at the Pageant of Pigeons in California, various shows in Utah, and Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. The breed is found throughout the United States and Canada but these are the hotbeds.

The Old Dutch Capuchine has only been in the United States since the mid-1960s. At the Salt Lake City Grand National in January 1996, Layne Gardner was the first recipient of a Master Breeder Award for excellence in breeding and exhibition.

The Old Dutch Capuchine enjoys fair popularity in Europe with sponsoring clubs in Holland, Germany, and Great Britain. In the United States the breed is sponsored by the North American Capuchine Club. They are always ready and willing to help any newcomers to the breed.