Understanding The Cream Light Brown Dutch Bantam
By Jean Robocker
While the varieties LIGHT BROWN and BLUE LIGHT BROWN are probably
the best known colors in the Dutch Bantam in America, another variety
is very common in the Netherlands, the CREAM LIGHT BROWN. And while
the CREAM LIGHT BROWN is a major member of the "RED SHOULDERED" varieties
of Dutch, as far as I can learn, it is one of the few varieties not
found in any other breed listed in the APA or ABA Standards! And I
get to write about it, because to me, it is the most beautiful of
all the varieties of Dutch Bantam! Now becoming of interest to American
breeders of the Dutch Bantam, this very old variety in Holland may
become recognized in the U.S. in the not too distant future and, of
course, only in the Dutch Bantam! GEELPATRIJS is its Dutch name, which
translates to a Cream/Yellow color, the hackle and saddle color of
the male. The back is the same red color of the Light Brown and Blue
Light Brown. All the rest is black, except the wing tip of cream.
The female is similar to the Light Brown, but the neck and hackle
is yellow/gold of some brilliance in the best colored females. Because
the addition of the gene for Cream color is a simple recessive, the
Light Brown carriers of the gene will produce some Cream Light Brown
offspring. But these birds may have red or dark orange heads instead
of the beautiful blond heads of the correctly colored birds. The best
hackle color will be Creamy-yellow from head to tip of hackle, but
with the same black striping that the Light Brown and Blue Light Brown
birds show. Some individuals will have "dead-straw" colored or very
pale cream hackle, not really correct. The best birds will be not
be from recessive genes on Light Brown birds, but selectively bred
from "pure" Geelpatrijs birds. The pale-hackled Dutch in Cream Light
Brown are almost indistinguishable from a GOLDEN Dutch Bantam. And
it would take a great judge to tell the difference! But unlike the
GOLDEN variety, which is based on the LIGHT BROWN gene with the SILVER
gene added, and does not breed true, the CREAM LIGHT BROWN is based
on the Light Brown gene with the CREAM gene added and breeds true!
There are a number of breeds of poultry, both Standard and Bantam
that recognize the GOLDEN variety, which, when brilliant, does resemble
the CREAM LIGHT BROWN. But it is in breeding the Golden birds that
one finds out--it is the Silver gene that makes the beauty, the BBred
that gives some contrast, but unfortunatly it can only be put together
for one generation. The CREAM LIGHT BROWN Dutch Bantam goes on forever!
Because the variety in Dutch may not have been recognized as a TRUE
variety, early U.S. breeders did not raise many Dutch Bantams in this
color--and while it appeared now and then, who knows what was thought??-"No
other breed in America has this color- is it undesirable???" However,
this may have been a PLUS for the breed, as some of the finest Dutch
TYPE is found in the CREAM LIGHT BROWNs, as the variety was not outcrossed
with other breeds, and thus did not lose or lessen the Dutch TYPE
by adding OEG, Rosecomb, Leghorn etc. type--and then work to regain
the Dutch type, which is such a delightful little Bantam! With a number
of Dutch Bantam breeders now multiplying this variety (and doing some
great winning at smaller shows!) it is time to look for qualifying
the CREAM LIGHT BROWN variety to "catch up" with its Holland ancestors!
Some of the other "RED SHOULDERED" varieties will be described later.
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