This breed is a creation of Italian fanciers and its origin is not known, although it would appear probable that it is an offshoot of the South Dutch Frill. There is certainly a very considerable similarity of form between the two but the Gibber is much smaller in size. This smallness of stature may have been brought about partly by inbreeding and partly by the continued use of double-yellow matings which has produced a bird that is light and small of frame and with short, crisp and scanty plumage. If the feathering is too long and abundant, the distinctive characteristic of the breed, a naked sternum and naked thighs, would no longer be seen.
Birds of this variety are always yellows, a distinction shared by no other breed of the canary.
SCALE OF POINTS
|POSITION:||In the form of a figure "7" Minimum angle 80'.||15|
|HEAD & NECK:||Head: small, slender, serpent like, smooth. Neck: long, smooth, slightly curved.||15|
|MANTLE:||Small, symmetrical, close fitting to the shoulder.||10|
|JABOT:||Frills symmetrical, naked sternum visible in centre of jabot.||10|
|FINS (FLANKS):||Short and symmetrical.||10|
|LEGS:||Long and stiff, naked thighs.||10|
|WINGS:||Long, close fitting to body.||5|
|GENERAL CONDITION:||Accustomed to the cage, clean, healthy condition.||5|
|LENGTH:||Maximum 5- 7/8 inch, 15cm.||10|