The Short Faced Tumbler is one of our oldest breeds, referred to in Moore’s book of 1735 and the first Treatise on one breed in 1802 and has changed little since. Originally all colours except Almonds were regarded as secondary birds only. A Columbarian Society to encourage the breeding of Almonds (Ermins) was established before 1764, the date they published the first Standard
Head: Should rise perpendicularly from the root of the beak to be large, broad, lofty and round; short as possible from front to back; also well muffed; i.e. the feathers under the eye and lower jaw should be full and curved a little upwards
Beak: Very short, fine, straight and pointed. Wattle small and fine in texture
Eye: Silvery or pearl coloured, large, bold, bright and prominent, placed well back and low down in head. Eye cere very line
Neck: Short, broad at base, tapering from shoulders to junction of beak (gullet) and well arched.
Flights and Tail:Short, proportionate and well set. Flights carried below tail.
Carriage: Erect, active and dignified; head thrown well back to a line perpendicular with the feet; rump slightly raised and to walk on tips of toes when showing or playing up.
Size:As small as possible
Colours: Almond, Kite, Dun, Agate, Whole feather Agate, Mottle. Self or Whole feather in red, yellow, or black. Colour solid to root of quill and as rich as possible.
Baldhead: Body, breast and neck, coloured. Belly, thighs, tail and the ten primary flight feathers, white. The beak should be flesh coloured for all colours
Beards: The whole bird coloured except a crescent shaped patch of white below the beak, the horns of which should extend only to the front of the eye. Stockings, flight and tail feathers, white. The beak of reds, yellows and silvers should be flesh coloured. The upper mandibles of blues and blacks should be black, the under mandibles flesh coloured