But I have held many classy pigeons which didn’t have it. A measure of class or no class is unfortunately not the circle of adaptation then, as such a miniscule indicator of quality or no quality would have been much to easy. True or not?

What many fanciers don’t always notice is the Vermeyen-ring. This ring forms the partition between the colourul outter iris and the rest of the eye which is white in colour. Although it is only a delicate ring, I consider the Vermeyen-ring as an important measure of the form of the pigeon. The colour changes intensity quite a bit, from dark black/brown to light grey or something else. I suspect that as the form rises the Vermeyen-ring becomes a deeper colour. It therefore is a matter of printing the normal condition of each pigeon in your mind, and if something changes it can be a sign that the pigeon is getting in form or losing form. A matter of winning or losing, from racing or staying home. Try it.

Up to now we have looked straight at the iris in each eye separately. That’s what you see most, that’s right. Yet you also have to look at an eye from a different angle, namely from the end of the beak. I like it best when I can see as much of both eyes as possible. This total view gives me a definite impression of the intelligence of a pigeon. Pigeons which don’t have that won’t easily be used by me for breeding. Look and compare it yourself and in the end you will agree with me that this type of pigeon is usually the best.