Lahore Pigeon Characteristics, Uses & Origin

The Lahore pigeon is a breed of domestic fancy pigeon which is known for it’s impressive size and gentle nature. It was originated from Lahore, Pakistan and was bred for very long time in that area.

This breed and other varieties of domesticated pigeons, all are descendants of the rock pigeon.

The breed was imported into Germany around 1880 and became very popular among the pigeon enthusiasts at the beginning of the 1960s. The Lahore pigeon breed is usually found in the area of Iran (Shiraz). It is one of the most colorful pigeon breeds.

It is mainly an ornamental breed and actually from ancient Persia. It was once bred for it’s meat, but today it is raised mainly for it’s beautiful plumage and colorful patterns. Read some more information about this breed below.

Lahore Pigeon Appearance

Lahore pigeon is a large breed of domesticated pigeon, but it is not too long and usually smaller than the King pigeon.

It has a free stance with an almost horizontal body posture. Base color of the body of these birds is white, with a secondary color beginning at the juncture of beak and wattle and spreading in an arc over the eyes and across the back and wings.

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Their rump and tail are of white color. Majority of attention is paid to the quality of the head, neck and wing markings in the pigeon shows.

Neck of the Lahore pigeon is heavily feathered and should lead to a full, broad chest. Their cheeks should be plump, and the beak should be ‘broad and stout and rather blunt at the tip’.

Their legs and feet are feathered so that the bird appears to be wearing thick stockings. Currently the breed is bred in many different colors including blue, brown, black, blue-bar, checkered and red.

Lahore pigeon is approximately 10.5 inches tall and about 11.5 inches long. And it measures about 5.5 inches from shoulder to shoulder. Photo and info from Wikipedia.


Lahore pigeons are raised mainly for exhibition or show purpose. They are good for utility purpose and also very good for raising as pets.

Special Notes

The Lahore pigeon is usually a very gentle and shy bird. It is of very good behavior and has relatively docile temperament. These birds are of good natured and can be tamed easily and quickly.

They are fairly broad in breast and body. And they are sometimes used to produce squabs for the table.

The breed is excellent for show and also very good for raising as pets. However, review full breed profile of the Lahore pigeon in the following chart.

Breed NameLahore
Other NameNone
Breed PurposeExhibition, ornamental and pets
Special NotesBeautiful, very gentle, shy bird, very good behavior, relatively docile in temperament, good natured, can be tamed easily and quickly, good for utility purpose, good for exhibition purpose, good for raising as pets
Breed ClassLarge
Climate ToleranceDo well in native climates
Flying AbilityAverage
As PetsVery good
ColorWhite body with different color markings
Country/Place of OriginPakistan

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