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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sunbergjo, Aug 20, 2013.
I'm going to be looking at a pair of them tonight and was curious what I should look for. Thanks!
Look for short legs, about an inch in length. Japanese Bantams should not have long legs. Look for a tail that is set at a 90 degree angle, called a squirrel tail. You want to see a relatively large head and comb in comparison to the body size. Japanese Bantams should have short backs and necks, full, round breasts, and large, well-spread tails.
The coloring of a Black Tailed White Japanese Bantam should be distinct. The primary feathers of thew wings should be black edged in white, and the secondary feathers should have black upper webs with a wide edging of white, and white lower webs. When folded, you should only see white. The main tail feathers of the mail should be black, with the sickles and coverts edged in white. In the female, the main tail feathers should be black, with the coverts and the two top tail feathers edged in white.
Hope this helps! For a more detailed description of the breed, consider getting the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection. Though expensive, it will tell you what all breeds of poultry should look like.