The Barbu de Watermael is always crested and clean legged.
General Characteristics—Male Carriage and Appearance Proud little bantam, characterised by its beard and small crest. Always on the move, perky.
Type Breast rounded, carried forward and well up. Back short, and sloping backwards. Wings medium length, carried sloping towards the ground, curving beneath the tail in the female, spread lower by the male. Tail slightly open, and carried well off the perpendicular. The sickles are quite short, and only slightly curved.
Head Appears large because of the crest and whiskers, skull normal. Rosecombed, medium size (length 3cm, width 1cm), covered with small tooth-like points, ending with three small leaders. Crest quite bushy, not too long, slightly erect, and ‘flying’ backwards. Beak rather short, slightly curved. Ear lobes and wattles rudimentary only, and covered by the muff and beard. Earlobes preferably white. Muff and beard well developed, and forming a trilobe.
Neck Hackles forming a thick mane at the back.
Legs Thighs hidden by the feathers of the abdomen. Shanks medium length (5cm), fine. Toes, four, smooth.
General Characteristics—Female Allowing for the natural sexual differences, the characteristics are the same as the male, except for the following:
Crest Semi-globular, but much smaller than that of the Poland, and not interfering with the sight of the bird.
Neck Hackle not as thick as the male’s, but still forming a mane.
Back A little longer than that of the male.
Tail Closed, but carried at the same angle as that of the male.
Size Male: 600—700g according to age. Female: 450—550g according to age.
Minor Defects Two leaders at the end of the comb instead of three. Gypsy face, or traces of dark pigmentation. Red earlobes.
Serious Defects Size too large. Light eyes. Wattles too developed. Beard insufficient or not trilobed. Tail open in hen, or fan shaped in the male. Long sickles in the male. Longitudinal furrow on top of the comb.
Disqualifications Poland type skull or crest. Crest too narrow. Yellow colouring of legs, feet or skin.
Barbu de Watermael
Head & Crest 10
Beard & Hackle 10
Legs & Feet 5
Total Points 100