Breed Club SecretaryRare Poultry Society
Alexandra Cottage, 8 St Thomas's Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire,
HistoryThere are two main types of this chicken breed. The Appenzeller Spitzhauben and the Appenzeller Barthuhner . . . there is no bantam standard at the moment although there is in the USA. Although bred in Switzerland for centuries they have only been shown in the UK since 1982. They were named after the local lace bonnets worn by the ladies of Appenzellerland as apart of their traditional dress. Similar to the Yorkshire Hornet (now extinct). Many older photographs and breeders stories confirm that the Hornet and the gold Spitz were identical. The most popular colour in the UK is the Silver Appenzeller Spitzhauben.
CharacteristicsWell rounded body with good tail held a right angles to the body. Crest held forward over face with two spiked horn comb with no side sprigs. A good forager and a reasonable layer.
ClassificationLight / Soft feather
Egg Numbers150 per annum