Booted Bantam

images (3)History

There is evidence of Bantams with feathered feet from around 1600 (Ulisse Aldrovandi, Italy) and have been mentioned in historical literature throughout the centuries to the present day. The three main Countries to play a part in developing these feather footed birds into an actual breed are Great Britain (Booted Bantam), Germany (Federfubige Zwerg) and The Netherlands (Sabelpoot). The Booted Bantam lost favour with British breeders and remains rare in this country. However, the Germans and the Dutch have been the main force behind the Booteds’ breeding and thanks to them we now have Booteds in many colours.
The Black and White Booteds have always been seen as of British origin, even nowadays the Blacks and Whites are smaller and more compact in build, even in Germany and The Netherlands.

Booted Bantam Standard


Origin: Europe

Classification: True Bantam, Rare Breed

Egg colour: Tinted

General Characteristics


Carriage: Erect and strutting.

Type: Body short and compact. Full and prominent breast. Short back, furnished with long and abundant saddle feathers. Large, long wings, carried at the same angle as, and more or less resting on the vulture hocks. Large tail, full and upright; sickles a little longer than the main tail feathers and slightly curved. Coverts long, abundant and nicely curved.

Head: Skull small. Beak rather stout, of medium length. Eyes bright and prominent. Comb single, small, firm, perfectly straight and upright, well serrated. Face of fine texture, free from hairs. Ear – lobes small and flat, bright red. Wattles small, fine and well rounded.

download (2)images (5)Neck: Fairly short, but upright. Hackle feathering is full but straight, with no boule formation as seen on Barbu d’Uccles.

Legs and feet: Thighs powerful, well feathered with strongly developed vulture hocks, consisting of long rigid feathers which almost touch the ground. Fairly short shanks which are heavily furnished with long and rather stiff feathers on the outer sides. Toes, four, straight and well spread. The outer and middle toes being very heavily feathered.

Plumage: Long and abundant.

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