Origin and history
This new breed was first exhibited in Ireland under the name of Irish Roller in 1970. In 1974 the Irish Fancy Canary Society was founded, by some breeders from Wexford County, together with five expert judges of the Aviculture Society of Ireland, the which met in Dublin; and it was in this city that the first breed standard was drawn up. Four years later the Specialist Club of this breed was founded: The Irish Fancy Canary Club of Ulster. The first specialized breed exhibition was held in 1988. This breed obtained the recognition of F.O.I. in 2009.
Cararino Irish Fancy (photo http://irishfancycanaries.webs.com)
Small canary, with a tapered shape and upright position. small rounded head with a small conical beak; eyes clearly evident, centered and without eyebrows; clearly visible neck, tapered body with tight plumage, slightly rounded back and chest, full and uniform color.
LIrish Fancy, in the judgment, must be placed on a high table; the Canary will be judged when he has adapted to the roost assuming the upright position and when he has reassembled the plumage.
The Canary must be ringed with an F.O.I. type B. - Artificial coloring is not allowed.
Head: 25 points. The head must be small, but well proportioned to the body, harmoniously rounded, well designed. The forehead, rounded, must not form any recess with the beak, nor be rounded over it. The beak will be small, conical; eyes clearly visible and centered.
Neck: large, not visible. Presence of eyebrow.
Beak: big. Remember that the head voice is decisive in this breed and that the head of the Irish fancy must not be similar to that of the Fife fancy.
Abdomen: expanded, heavy. Short wings, crossed, open and hanging, or constantly beaten (beat robin dali). Length greater than 5 inches (12.7 cm).
Habit: points 15. The habit must be erect, proud; the position on the perch must be between 65 and 75 degrees. The subject will be alert, ready and show quick and graceful movements.
Plumage: points 15. The plumage must be silky, adherent in all its parts, composed and must clearly define the contours. It will have a beautiful natural, shiny color. All colors are allowed, including piebalds.
Tail: points 10. The tail must be closed and well carried, in line with the body.
Legs: 5 points. The legs will be of medium length and slightly flexed. The tibia must be visible.
Conditions: points 5. Excellent state of health and maximum cleanliness.
Body: points 15. The shoulders, harmoniously rounded, must have a width of 1 inch and 1/4 (3.3 cm). The body will be tapered, well proportioned and with maximum roundness at the level of the lower chest. The wings, rather long, must be closed and not hide the neck. The length of the canary must be 5 inches (12.7 cm).
Defects: shoulders too wide, flat or too narrow. Body not tapered, heavy, excessively rounded or prominent at the level of the upper chest. Long, rough, decomposed plumage. Matt coloring. Open, drooping tail. Legs too short or too long, excessively flexed. Tibia not visible. Big tarsus. Not well erect habit. Static position. Excessively rapid, uncoordinated movements. Large, flat head that does not detach itself clearly from the body. Presence of cheeks. Poor state of health, poor cleaning.
N.B. The display cage is the closed one used for the Gloster Fancy.