Breed Gallery

There are well over one hundred breeds and varieties of poultry in this country, with many others in existence throughout the world. Each of these breeds has distinct attributes and character, and is classified by The Poultry Club accordingly. This can also be based on a breed's historical origins, original purpose, popularity, or size.

Two sizes of fowl exist - Large Fowl and Bantam. Both sizes can be found in many breeds, the bantam version having been created as a miniature of the Large. True Bantams, are those with no Large Fowl counterpart and the breeds under this heading are usually for ornamental purposes. Waterfowl are similarly divided into 'Light', 'Medium' and 'Heavy' Geese, and 'Heavy', 'Light', and 'Bantam' Duck.

In fowl, another important distinction is that made between 'Hard' and 'Soft' feather breeds. Generally speaking, the 'Hard' feather breeds are the 'Game' varieties, whose historical origins lie in the outlawed pursuit of cockfighting. Having been developed over generations for exhibition purposes, they would be most unsuitable for this now. As the term suggests, they also have tighter feathering. The 'Soft' feather breeds are those remaining. The Complete Classification of Breeds can be accessed here.

Although many of the breeds, and varieties or sizes within a breed, are very rare, the Poultry Club classifies 'Rare' breeds as those without their own specialist Breed Club or Society. The 'Rare Breeds' are looked after by a Breed Club known as 'The Rare Poultry Society'. You can also access contact details for all the UK Breed Clubs on this site.

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True Bantam
Asian Hard Feather
Hard Feather
Rare Soft Feather Heavy
Rare Soft Feather Light
Rare Hard Feather
Rare True Bantam
Bantam and Call Ducks