English Orpington Breed Standards Type & Color versus
American Orpington Breed Standard
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Information in part was obtained from:
The Orpington Club of Australia  and for the American Standards from the American Poultry Association
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Male Breed Standards:

Deep, broad and cobby.
Nicely curved with a somewhat short concave outline.
Wide and slightly rising, full hackle.  
Broad, deep and well rounded, not flat.
Small nicely formed and carried close to the body.

Rather short and compact, flowing and high, no higher
than the head and by no means "squirrel tail"

Small and neat, fairly full over the eyes.
Relatively short, strong and nicely curved
Large and bold.
Single-small, 5 or 6 points are acceptable, evenly serrated
and free from side sprigs, back of the comb following the
line of the scull just to the top of the earlobes
Smooth  
Medium length, oblong and nicely rounded at the bottom.

Small, elongated

Medium length, curved, compact and with full hackle.
Profuse but close, not soft, loose and fluffy as in the
Cochin, or close and hard, as in the Game.

Legs short & strong, the thighs almost hidden by the body
feathers, well set apart. Absent of leg feathering.
Four, straight and well spread.


Body
Back
Saddle
Breast
Wings

Tail


Head
Beak
Eyes
Comb


Face
Wattles

Earlobes

Neck
Plumage


Legs &
Thighs
Toes
Female Breed Standards:
The general characteristics are similar to those of the male.

Cushion should be wide but almost flat, and slightly rising to the tail,
sufficient to give the back a graceful appearance with an outline
approaching concave.

STANDARD WEIGHTS
LF Male.......................... 10-14lb
LF Female...................... 7 1/2- 10 1/2 lb

Bantam Male..................3 lb 2 ozs – 3lb 8 ozs
Bantam Female..............2 lb10 ozs- 3lb
Scale of Points:
Type, Size, Carriage            40
Condition                               5
Head and eyes                     15
Colour and Plumage            30
Legs, Feet and Skin             10
       Total 100
DISQUALIFICATIONS AND SERIOUS DEFECTS.
(The General Disqualifications and Defects applicable to all breeds in The Australian Poultry Standards.)

Serious defects for Orpingtons are- Yellow skin, or yellow on the shanks or feet of any
variety. Any yellow or sappiness in the White.   Coarseness in head, legs or feathers.
British Standards
American Standards


Body
Back
Breast
Wings

Tail

Feathers

Plumage


Head

Beak
Eyes
Comb

Face
Wattles
Earlobes
Neck

Legs &
Thighs

Toes
We have been requested by the APA to removed the breed standards from
our website so we have done so.  With their permission we will be posting
disqualifications only to help out those of you who do not know what the DQ's
are and what to stay away from.

It was brought to our attention the information had been copied from our
website and posted elsewhere on the Internet.  I found that a little strange as
our home page clearly states the conditions of use is to get permission prior
to copying any information on our site, and that was never done, so
surely
the information had not been copied.......................
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At any rate, those of you who copied the material from our site,
American Breed Standards,  will need to delete it as we have been
informed it is copyright protected.
You know who you are so consider
yourself informed as well.
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