American Singer is a copyrighted name and only birds bred to the standards and banded with closed, registered American Singer bands can legally be called American Singers.
The American Singers Club (ASC) was founded in 1934 in Milton, Massachusetts. The Club was started by a group of eight women breeders whose goal was to create the ideal pet canary for American homes and to develop a standard for competition. The American Singer name was adopted after the first show which was held that year in Boston, Massachusetts.
The American Singer Canary is a cross between the German Roller and the English Border Fancy. It takes approximately 4 to 5 years of systematic breeding to develop a strain of American Singers from its Border and German Roller ancestors and legally, only birds bred to the standards ("The Plan") and banded with closed, registered American Singers Club bands can be called genuine American Singer Canaries.
Primarily, the American Singer Canary is bred for song, but should be attractive also and in competition, there are points awarded for condition and conformation as well as for freedom of song and rendition. The ideal bird should have a free and harmonious song, which is pleasing to the ear, neither too loud nor too harsh, with a good variety of notes.
During song competition, an individual bird can earn up to 10 points for Freedom of Song, up to 60 points for Rendition of Song, up to 20 points for Conformation of Body and up to 10 points for Overall Condition for a maximum of 100 points.
Currently, "American Singers Club, Inc." has many chapters throughout the United States and one in Canada. The Club's objective is to "promote the best interest of the members in the breeding of AMERICAN SINGER CANARIES, to disseminate information, to hold meetings, to do any and all things which will stimulate a public interest in this work." The ASC (often referred to as the "National" Club) publishes informative quarterly newsletters, provides closed, registered bands to Club members, and offers patronage awards to be presented to winning birds at sanctioned ASC song competitions. Only American Singer Canaries bred by the exhibitor and wearing official ASC bands are eligible to receive ASC patronage awards.
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