Are chicken breeds capitalized?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Scooter&Suzie, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Sometimes I see them capitalized, but more times not. I guess it would be the same as dog, or horse, breeds. Does anyone know? I tried to look it up, and it looks like some would, but others might not, depending if a country, or city/state, is in it's name.
    Kinda like French fries [​IMG]

    Rhode Island red (capitalized because name of a state)

    silkie (not capitalized because it is not a city, state, or country)

    So... What do you think???
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes, they should be capitalized.
  3. JimArcher

    JimArcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2013
    I think they should be capitalized. Makes for easier reading. I noticed someone wrote rhode island reds. Rhode Island is the name of a state so must be capitalized. It is all inconsistent and it seems both ways are acceptable, so I say capitalize the breed names. That way it is clear that this is a breed you are talking about. Not just a jungle fowl that happens to be grey, as opposed to a jungle fowl that happens to be red - it should be Red Jungle Fowl and Grey Jungle Fowl. I will capitalize and it will not be incorrect.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I guess in theory, the names should be capitalised to denote a name of an organism - just as they would if they were not breeds but a species (and yes, i know, only the first name would begin with an upper case letter, and the subsequent name lower case AND in italics before anyone pedantically chimes in).

    I guess we can all be a bit lazy at times, and thats why there seems to be inconsistencies IMO.


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