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The NRTC Club History

The National Russian Tumbler Club has been in existence the 1960,s and had members from Maine to Florida, as far west as Hawaii and South Africa. The club sponsors district meets at shows around the country. The NRTC is an affiliated specialty club with the National Pigeon Association and holds meets at the NPA National as well as the National Young Bird Show in KY. You can anticipate well over 100 Russian Tumblers to be exhibited at Louisville, with 12 to 15 color class winners competing for Champion. Join other breeders of this fine bird and enjoy the fun and friendships formed through the years by raising Russian Tumblers.

Russian Tumbler Breed
by Beth Davis 2004 , updated 2014 by Mark Newby

The Russian Tumbler pigeon originated from the East Prussian Roller of Germany, whose early ancestors are believed to have been imported from Scandinavia in the 1700s as the Norwegian Tumbler. By the late 1930s they were known as Russian Tumblers in this country and East Prussian Tumblers were no longer imported to the US after World War II.
Over the years the conformation of the Russian Tumbler has become more compact, and powerful with longer feathers than its early ancestors. This cobby bird has a full, broad crest, oval head with pearl eyes (bull eyes allowed in whites only), large rosettes, a powerful neck and layered muffs of 3" to 4". This broad breasted, wedge shaped bird should have a short, well proportioned deep and rounded body with cocks weighing between 12 to 13 oz. and hens weighing 11 to 12 oz. See the complete written standard and a drawing of the ideal purebred show pigeon on the Standard Page. These even-tempered, small birds are economical to keep and make very good parents. One of the many beauties of this breed is the many colors; black, dun, red, yellow, brown, khaki, lavender and white selfs, combined with almond, kite, indigo, grizzle, dominate opal, rosewing, whitesides, baldhead, badge, saddle, magpie, white bib, moorhead, shield and mottle as well as bars, checks and T-patterns make this bird an inviting project bird for the fancier interested in genetics. You can create new patterns and colors, which will become recognized at future shows.

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