My Start in Budapest Short Face

I have raised pigeons for over 60 years and Budapest Short Face for over 50 years. Initially, I worked with Budapest Short Face which were brought to America, prior to World War II. My first mentor Rudy Strnad knew Dr Istvan Szecsenyi because he imported Budapest Short Face from him to improve his Budapest Short Face.

For years, I corresponded with Dr Szecenyi. He invited me to Hungary to judge the Budapest Short Face Show in 1986. After meeting all the Budapest Short Face breeders, Dr Istvan Szecenyi allowed me to take home a few very nice specimens of Budapest Short Face to work with.

I was able to produce this yellow hen by crossing one of my Budapest Short Face red males with one of his Budapest Short Face yellow hens.

This pairing gave me a tremendous breakthrough. I named this hen the Princess. She and her sister are the birds that I build the foundation of my current flock on.

Like Dr Szecsenyi, I too have helped to put the Budapest Short Face pigeons on the map. They are found all over the world.


Short Face Budapest Standard

The short face budapest pigeon is one of the most unique looking breeds in the fancy pigeon world. This storklike pigeon has been developed through years of selective breeding. Originally bred in Hungary, this breed is now popular in the US and Europe as a show bird and pet. It’s also known as a poltli or budapest short beak pigeon and it is a descendant of the rock dove (Columba livia). The short beak saves weight and helps the pigeon fly higher in the air. They are a rare breed and they have a high mortality rate, so it’s a bit of a gamble to keep them alive. It can be a lot of work to raise chicks with such an odd appearance, but they are rewarding birds to own. These pigeons are very alert and active. They usually respond well to human affection and can be good pets. Their frog-eyed expressions give them a real personality and they are very friendly. They can be a great choice for new pigeon owners because they are so easy to train and they make excellent companions. They can be found in a variety of colors, including blue, grizzle and stork. They have an average live body weight of 255 grams and they are an excellent family pet. They are extremely loyal and intelligent and have a wonderful sense of humor. They are a very social breed and love people attention. They are very alert and active and they can be very happy in their homes.