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The Gallery of Articles - Page Two contains an article on "The Standard of Perfection" of the Gloster Fancy Canary along with an excerpt from THE MASTER PORTFOLIO OF TYPE CANARY STANDARDS of the Gloster as well.  This article expands on Step 3. - Knowledge of The Ideal of the NINE STEPS TO SUCCESS article appearing elsewhere on this site.

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THE GLOSTER STANDARD OF PERFECTIONÓ

By Donald Perez

Do you know what you're looking at when you evaluate your birds?  Are they just so darned cute, it's like a day in the park for you because you're planning on keeping them all anyway?  Big mistake!!!   

If you want to succeed, you'd better know how to cull out the ones that just will ruin your chances down the road.  Attached to this article is a "Gloster Fancy Standard of Perfection."  It is an excerpt from the soon-to-be-revised-and-released, MASTER PORTFOLIO OF TYPE CANARY STANDARDS.  It was first made available to the fancy in 1977 and will be available again on this web site.

If you will notice, it is actually an updated Standard from the present I.G.B.A Standards.  The "Standard" provided here is more in keeping with the type of Glosters that have been winning on the show benches of the world since 1980.  In fact, even this drawing could use some more roundness as you will see.  One day the I.G.B.A Council will realize that their present standard illustration is outdated and completely obsolete and they will vote to change it.  Until that happens, the I.G.B.A Standard of Perfection as it is, continues to be open to interpretation by judges, breeders and exhibitors around the world who are still using it.  Here you read about my version of the Gloster standard.

The only thing really that is different in this "Standard" is the illustration (drawings).  But then again the illustration or pictorial has always been open to interpretation by most of the judges around the world from day one.  The scale of points remains the same in this Standard as it is in the I.G.B.A Standard.

The "Standard" I provide here for you has many uses and as such, is a very valuable tool to use prior to purchasing stock, prior to pairing for the breeding season, prior to culling youngsters, and prior to making comments to judges after they have judged your and other fancier's entries at a show or exhibition.  Please use if it is your intention to breed for success with this Type Canary. 

Please be careful when assimilating and digesting comments or opinions made by some breeders, fanciers, breeders, and even judges as they assess, evaluate and/or pass judgment on a specimen put before them.  Some people offer judgments and opinions based on the fact that they may be following a current fad.  Others offer opinions based on outdated standards.  Many people have absolutely no clue as to the outline as drawn or two-dimensional or even three-dimensional characteristics illustrated as they should apply to a living example of a breed, let alone if a fine example were put before them!   It is like fine art; no matter the level of education, as the saying goes; one man's art is another man's garbage!  Study your livestock as it compares to a standard and develop your own ideals. 

Hint: Take the "Standard" at the end of this article and blow up or reduce the pictorials to the size of approximately 4 1/2" to 4 3/4" from head to tails-end and print it out.  To do this, you might need to first click on the thumbnail and drag it onto your desktop and open it from there or open the thumbnail, right click on it and "save as" to a folder then open it in your favorite photo application in order to print it.  You might have to play with your printer settings and change the page layout to landscape if it is in the portrait setting in order for the entire page to be printed properly.  Experiment to get it right as it will be well worth your making a copy for your private use in your birdroom.

Then place a piece of tracing paper over the Gloster Ideal after the drawing is enlarged to the Ideal size and begin tracing over it.  It does not matter if you do not know how to draw.  Do this exercise until finally you can draw the Gloster without tracing it!  You will find that that is when you will have the perfect Gloster stamped in your head so that when you look at Glosters, you will have a much better idea as to what you should be breeding for.  In this way, you will surpass your fellow fanciers on the show bench!  If you cannot see the perfect Gloster in your head, how can you then judge the Glosters you will purchase, pair together, cull, keep or enter into an exhibition?

Even though the standards say the ideal size is to be "to the diminutive" rarely do you see the actual size listed as you do with other breeds.  If you can have a Gloster and it would happen to contain every part to perfection as detailed in the scale of points and have it as tiny as the above mentioned measurement, you would have an unbelievable specimen!  Sad to say, in order to have a corona and body as you see on the Glosters shown on my web site, which to me are superb, you will never find it in a specimen as small as 4 3/4"!  Therein lies the challenge!  I have raised Glosters like what you see on my site which are as near perfect as possible in my opinion anyway, but they are a tad over 5".  If the standard were to be achieved with regard to size, then the standard would have to be changed!  It's almost an impossibility to raise a Gloster corona with the length of feather as you see on the crest which is considered long and a bit narrow and at the same time have short but wide feathers in the body as well as short, narrow feathers in the wings and tail and all on the same bird to then have before you that small, diminutive, yet cobby, long-crested, perfect specimen!

This is the challenge of working with the Gloster Fancy breed.  Do not ever expect to go to a breeders’ home or to an exhibition and purchase birds that are "perfect" until you know what the correct "perfect" is. You first must develop an eye for the breed.  Study the best you can find.  You should understand feather and purchase both stock and show specimens to pair and work to produce your future line of winners but more on this in a future article. 

Here's hoping this information will help you to succeed with this most beautiful of canaries!

Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

All that you’ve read in this article is a small sampling of what will be in my new book, which will be on the market soon.  Watch my web site for further details and ordering instructions.  May you achieve success in the coming breeding & show season as you strive toward your “quest to raise the best!”

MASTER PORTFOLIO OF TYPE CANARY STANDARDS

GLOSTER FANCY STANDARD OF PERFECTION

 

Please note that even though this Standard and article are penned for your review only, they are copyrighted and may not be reproduced or published other than for your own private use without my written consent.  Nor may any of the enclosed writings be published without my written consent.  Sorry, I'm sure you understand but I feel I must protect my drawings, photos, writings, research and future publications.

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  THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Three "DIET PLAN - 2015"

  THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Four "UNDERSTANDING FEATHER"

  THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Five "CINNAMON & FAWN PAIRING"

  THE GALLERY OF ARTICLES - Page Six  "LAWS OF INHERITANCE - PART ONE"

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Top Left & Right Images: AZTEC WARRIOR by Jesus Helguera (1910-1971)

n/d, oil on canvas 52"x44" Collection Galas de Mexico, S.A.

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