This article is about the generic breed.
See the "Varieties" section for the different kinds.
Indian Runner
A pair of Penciled Runners.
Origin Indonesia
Class Lightweight
Egg Production 150-300 per year
Weight Drakes 4.5 lbs
Ducks 4.0 lbs
Status Common

The Indian Runner is a breed of domestic duck originated in Southeast Asia, whom are also descendants of the herding ducks raised in the region for thousands of years.[1] Unique because of their appearance and high egg production, they are quite popular as exhibition and pets.


Of all domestic breeds, the Indian Runner departs furthest from its Mallard ancestors and is depicted as being a "wine bottle with a head and legs" [2]. When relaxed and strolling about, body carriage tends to be 45-75 degrees above horizontal- when frightened or alert, they will stand near-perpendicular.

In contrast to most other breeds, Indian Runners do not really waddle as they have a smooth running gait.

Varieties (standardized)Edit

Non-standardized [3]Edit

  • Fairy Fawn
  • Blue Fairy Fawn
  • Golden
  • Saxony
  • Blue Fawn
  • Pastel
  • Trout
  • Dusky
  • Khaki
  • Cinnamon
  • Silver
  • Lilac
  • Blue-Brown Penciled
  • Blue Fawn Penciled
  • Emery Penciled
  • Porcelain Penciled
  • Splash

More varieties continue to be developed!


See alsoEdit

Sources and referencesEdit

  1. Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks pg. 47, "Runners"
  2. "Proper Runner type is often described as a wine bottle with a head and legs..." Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks pg. 49
  3. Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks pg. 50, "Varieties"
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