The 2017 Seraphim Standard

The 2017 Seraph Standard of Perfection by Anya Ellis

The 2017 Seraph Standard of Perfection by Anya Ellis. The culmination of thirty one years of breed development.


The Show Standard for a Seraph. Substantial changes in not just color, but form.

The 2009 Show Standard for a Seraph. Note the skull shape, the depth of the swoop, the arc of the skull, the depth and line of the mane, the downturn of the beak, and the prominence of the gullet. Compare to the new standard, top.

Anya’s depiction above, top, of the ideal Seraph, 2017, is a notable accomplishment. The modern Seraph is different than the Seraph of the past in subtle but significant ways, with changes particularly evident in the head. Seraphim primarily compete in the Show Ring as birds of structure, both of body and feather. The new painting demonstrates the regal upright posture and the long, flowing line expected. It also demonstrates the deeply feathered mane, the deeper swoop with the needlepoint peak, and the unusually long and full frill. The deeper swoop is the result of a combination of changes in feather and form: longer feathers in the mane and a rounder skull with a slightly higher skull arc in the top and back. The beak is definitely “down-faced”. Carefully compare the new Standard to the “old” 2009 Standard below it and pay particular attention to all components of the head and neck. To the trained eye the changes are obvious even though subtle. This look is the new goal for serious Seraphim breeders.

This typey Seraph is a challenge to create, but it is a worthy effort, and certainly possible, as evidenced by the annual competition of the Seraphim Club International in Des Moines. (Please see individual Show Reports under “News.”

David Coster, SCI Club Manager