Welcome to appenzellerspitzhauben, the official website of the newly formed Appenzeller Spitzhauben Society of Great Britain. It is hoped that the site will become your first port of call for anything Appenzeller Spitzhauben related, be it; news and results from the shows, pictures or sourcing new stock.
The Appenzeller Spitzhauben is now listed as a Soft Feather Light breed and as such is no longer eligible for entry into rare breed classes at shows.The Appenzeller Spitzhauben is stunningly beautiful and is available in 5 colour varieties in the UK - although only Silver Spangled and Gold Spangled are commonly offered for sale at present. Hopefully as the breed gathers more support then the other 3 varieties (Black, Blue & Chamois Spangled) will become more widely available. Please note that only Silver Spangled, Gold Spangled and Black have a full British Standard at present. The Appenzeller Spitzhauben whilst being a rather small breed, is in fact a large fowl. There are bantam Spitzhaubens on the continent - they were created in Holland and recognised there in December 2003. There are now also some bantams in the UK, albeit in very small numbers at present and only in the hands of one or two breeders, however these aren't recognised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain as of yet and whilst bantam Appenzeller Spitzhaubens are often listed in poultry sales through-out the country it is likely these remain the smaller examples of large fowl.
Not only is the breed an attractive addition to any flock, it is capable of producing plenty of medium/large white eggs on very little food and so is perfectly suited to a free range system. As with most light breeds the Appenzeller Spitzhauben can have a 'flighty' nature, having said that, they settle well with regular handling and contact. If you are looking for a breed which combines productivity and beauty then look no further than the Appenzeller Spitzhauben.