The Barbu d’Anvers is always rose-combed and clean legged.
General Characteristics—Male Carriage and Appearance Small, proud, standing bolt upright, with the head thrown well back; proud and provocative (appearing always ready to crow) with characteristic great development of neck hackle.
Type Body broad and short, with arched breast carried well up. Back very short, slanting downwards to tail. Wings medium length, carried sloping towards the ground. Tail carried almost perpendicularly, the main tail feathers strong and not hidden by the narrow sickle feathers. The two largest sickles slightly curved and sword shaped, the remainder in fan-like tiers to junction with the saddle hackle.
Head Appearing rather large. Beak short, strong and curved, carrying a longitudinal band of light or dark colour in keeping with the plumage. Comb curved, broad in front, ending in a leader or spike at rear; for preference covered with small tooth-like points, or alternatively hollowed and ridged.
Point or leader to follow the line of the neck. Eyes large and prominent, as dark as possible, colour to vary in keeping with plumage. Face covered with relatively long feathers, standing away from the head, sloping backwards and forming whiskers which cover ears and ear lobes. Brow heavily furnished with feathers. Beard composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards from both sides of the beak and from the centre vertically downwards, the whole forming a trilobe and giving a muffed effect. Ear lobes small, wattle rudimentary only, but preferably none.
Neck Of moderate length, the hackles thick and convexly arched, entirely covering the back and base of the neck, forming a closely joined cape at the front.
Legs Thighs short, with medium length shanks, free from feathers. Toes, four, strong and straight, with nails the same colour as the beak.
General Characteristics—Female With certain exceptions the general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences.
Carriage and Appearance A little bird, compact, plump and very lively, with full rounded neck hackle and well developed whiskers.
Head Appearing broader than that of the male, and more owl-like.
Neck Hackle inclining backwards, and forming a ruffle behind the neck, with feathers broader and more developed than in the male. The female hackle, unlike that of the male, diminishes in thickness towards the bottom of the neck.
Tail Short, carried sloping upwards, slightly curved towards the end and a little open.
Size As small as possible. The British Belgian Bantam Club does not advocate a weight standard for the breed but purely as a general guide suggests the male should be between 680g and 790g and the female between 570g and 680g, with the usual variations for age and maturity. These should be taken as maximum weights.
Serious Defects Wattles strongly developed. Conspicuous ear lobes. Squirrel or wry tail. Excessive length of leg.
Disqualifications Any trace of faking. Wattles cut or removed. Single comb. Absence of beard or whiskers. Feathers on shanks or feet. More than four toes. Yellow colouring of legs, feet or skin.
Judges’ Scale of Points
Muff & Beard 15
Neck Hackle 15
Wings & Tail 10
Head, Comb & beak 10
Legs & feet 5
General Appearance 15
Total points 100