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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by TimG, May 10, 2009.
Simple one: how is Chantecler pronounced?
Another Chantecler question. The White and Partridge Chanteclers were developed from different breeds. Does this mean that the two colors are also different breeds (like Rhode Island Red and Rhode Island White)? Or, are they different varieties of the same breed?
I think the proper pronunciation is shahn-tuh-clay, given it's French Canadian roots, but here in America you'll probably hear it pronounced phonetically like they do the Belgian bantams, d'Anvers.
Partidge and white are two varieties of the same breed. With research, I think you'll find that most varieties of the same breed are made up of different combinations of other breeds-- Silver Laced and Gold Laced Wyandottes, for instance. In fact, different strains of the exact same variety usually have very different genetic heritages (genotype). In other words, there are countless ways to produce birds that look virtually identical (phenotype). Hope that's not too much information!
I thought it was pronounced CHANCE-LER. But I've never seen one in person or know anyone with them so don't take my word for it. I think shaunteclay sounds very regal and way better.
Chantecler is pronounced: shan-tuh-claire
An excellent history of the White Chantecler can be found here:
The Partridge Chantecler was created by Dr. J.E. Wilkinson of Alberta, Canada, and admitted to the APA standard in 1935. Dr. Wilkinson crossed the Partridge Wyandotte, Partridge Cochin, Dark Cornish, and the Rose Comb Brown Leghorn to create his breed. Dr. Wilkinson wanted the breed to be called the Partridge Albertan. However, the APA noted that the cushion comb and reduced wattles greatly resembled the other Canadian breed, the Chantecler, and admitted it as that breed, but with a Partridge colour. Dr. Wilkinson continually tried to have the name changed until his death.
Technically, they are different breeds and the true, original Chantecler is the White Chantecler.