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Standard of Excellence

The first two essentials of a Border Fancy Canary are TYPE & QUALITY. Without these it is useless. General appearance is that of a clean cut, lightly made, compact, proportional, close feathered Canary; showing no tendency to heaviness, roughness or dullness, but giving the impression of fine quality and symmetry throughout.

HEAD & NECK:  10 Points

Head, well rounded and neat when viewed from an angle beak fine, eyes clear and positioned to rest on an imaginary line drawn as an extension to the line between the upper and lower mandible of the beak, very slightly forward of a central point of the head. Neck, in keeping with the head and flowing smoothly into the body lines and of sufficient length to give a free, jaunty look to the head carriage.

BODY: 15 Points.

Well filled and nicely rounded running in a smooth downward curve from the gentle, smooth rise over the shoulders to the point of the tail. The chest also nicely rounded, but not heavy. The line of the curve to the root of the tail always being downwards. Viewed from above and behind the body outline should be symmetrically pear shaped.

WINGS:  10 Points

Compact and carried close to the body, covering the back, with primary and secondary flight feathers meeting at the tips. Outer flight tips meet at the root of the tail.  Primaries and secondaries to be pointed.

LEGS & FEET:  5 Points

Of medium length and showing just a little thigh the legs should be fine yet in harmony with the size of the bird allowing it to adopt a gay, jaunty stance. Feet in keeping with the legs, both to be clean and without blemish.

PLUMAGE:  10 Points

Close, firm and fine in quality, presenting a smooth, silken glossy appearance, free from browiness, frill and roughness.

TAIL:  5 Points

Close packed and narrow, being nicely rounded and well filled in at the root.


Semi-erect, standing at an angle of 60 deg. Gay and jaunty with a full poise of the head.

COLOUR:  15 Points

Rich, soft and pure, as level in tint as possible throughout, but extreme depth and hardness such as colour feeding gives are ‘debarred’. Any exhibit showing the effects of colour feeding will be disqualified.

SIZE:  5 Points

The length from the top of the head to the tip of tail should not exceed five and three quarter inches, length should be in proportion and balance with other features of the bird.

HEALTH:  10 Points 

Condition and cleanliness shall have due weight.



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