Appenzeller Spitzhauben

An Appenzeller Spitzhauben rooster poses and looks into the camera

The Appenzeller Spitzhauben is the national breed of Switzerland, noted for its very unusual forward-pointing crest and v-shaped comb. These birds are well-adapted to life in the mountains, are excellent climbers and love to roost in trees. They really don't do well in confinement, so don't keep them unless they can be allowed to roam freely throughout the day.


Class: All Other Breeds
Type: Large Fowl
Size: Small (4-5 lbs)
Rarity: Rare
Purpose: Egg-laying
Recognized Varieties: Barthuhner, Black Spangled, Blue Spangled, Gold, Gold Spangled, Silver Spangled

Egg Facts:

Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
Egg Color: White
Egg Size: Medium

Fancy Features:

Comb Type: V-Shape Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4

Suitability to Backyard Life:

Cold Hardiness: Hardy in winter
Heat Tolerance: Tolerates heat well
Bears Confinement: Intolerant of confinement
Especially Docile: No
Setter/Broody: No
Personality: Active, alert, like to roost in trees, good foragers