Thank you for the information! This is very interesting. Rocky is my first rooster. I did not realize that he had a partial crest. I would love to know what his breeding mix might be. He is an incredibly sweet and gentle rooster. His hens adore him.Judging from what appears to be a partial crest I assume he's a mutt.
Thank you CountryKitty for the great information! I have seen pictures of Japanese bantams and agree that his tail is similar. It is really interesting tht you mentioned Silkie roosters. Rocky has some light feathering on his feet. I will have to take a look at his toes. He has very long spurs on the back. Luckily, he has never used them.That very erect tail reminds me of pictures of Japanese bantams. As for a partial crest, I had a lovely fellow that had the same feature--he also had an extra rear toe on each foot--both the extra toes and crests are typical for silkies, along with feathers down the legs, which he also had.
I agree that your lovely lad is likely that most beloved of creatures--the great american mutt. Hope he gives you as much pleasure as my 'Hot Stuff' gave me!