List of chicken breeds

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Twenty-nine varieties of chicken (and one Guinea Fowl).

There are hundreds of chicken breeds in existence.[1] Domesticated for thousands of years, distinguishable breeds of chicken have been present since the combined factors of geographical isolation and selection for desired characteristics created regional types with distinct physical and behavioral traits passed on to their offspring.[2]

The physical traits used to distinguish chicken breeds are size, plumage color, comb type, skin color, number of toes, amount of feathering, egg color, and place of origin.[1] They are also roughly divided by primary use, whether for eggs, meat, or ornamental purposes, and with some considered to be dual-purpose.[1]

In the 21st century, chickens are frequently bred according to predetermined breed standards set down by governing organizations. The first of such standards was the British Poultry Standard, which is still in publication today.[3][4] Other standards include the Standard of Perfection, the Australian Poultry Standard, and the standard of the American Bantam Association, which deals exclusively with bantam fowl.[4] Only some of the known breeds are included in these publications, and only those breeds are eligible to be shown competitively. There are additionally a few hybrid strains which are common in the poultry world, especially in large poultry farms. These types are first generation crosses of true breeds. Hybrids do not reliably pass on their features to their offspring, but are highly valued for their producing abilities.[1]

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By place of origin: AfghanistanAlbaniaAustraliaAustriaBelgiumBulgariaCanadaChileChinaCroatiaCubaCzech RepublicEgyptFinlandFranceGermanyGreeceIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranItalyJapanKoreaKosovoMalaysiaMyanmarNetherlandsNorwayPakistanPhilippinesPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSerbiaSlovakiaSouth AfricaSpainSwedenSwitzerlandThailandTurkeyUkraineUnited KingdomUnited StatesVietnam

By primary use: EggsMeatDual-purposeExhibition

Other: BantamsHybrids

See also   •    Footnotes   •    References

By place of origin[edit]



  • Commune hen[5]
  • Black Tropoja Lekbibaj[5]
  • Tirana[5]


The Australorp, an Australian breed



The d'Everberg, a Belgian ornamental bantam
  • Fauve de Hesbaye or Gele van Haspengouw[7]
  • Fauve de Mehaigne or Gele van Mehaigne[8] (bantam)
  • Herve or Hervehoen[7][8] (large and bantam)
  • Huttegem[5]
  • Malines or Mechels hoen[7][8] (large and bantam)
  • Mechelse kalkoenkop[5]
  • Naine belge or Belgische kriel[8] (bantam)
  • Naine de Waes or Waasse kriel[8] (bantam)
  • Naine du Tournaisis or Doornikse kriel[8] (bantam)
  • Pondeuse de Zingem or Zingems leghoen[7]
  • Poule d'Aarschot or Aarschots hoen[7]
  • Poule de la vallée de la Zwalm or Hoen van de Zwalmvallei[7]
  • Poule de Zottegem or Zottegems hoen[7]
  • Zingems vleeshoen[5]


Black Shumen cock




A Silkie hen



Cubalaya cock


Czech Republic[edit]





The longtailed Phoenix, a German breed derived from the Japanese Onagadori

Large breeds[edit]



  • Alonissos island chicken[21]
  • Chios Fighting chicken[22]
  • Follidotes chicken[23]
  • Kalamata chicken[24]
  • Pomak Fighting chicken[25]
  • Lesvos Fillianes chicken[26]
  • Trikala chicken[27]



The Aseel, a fighting breed


Sumatra cock
  • Kedu (nationally standardized)
  • Pelung (long-crower, locally standardized)


The Orloff, an Iranian breed


Leghorn hen








The Barnevelder



  • Lyallpur Silver black[5]



  • Zielononóżka Kuropatwiana (Green-legged Partridge)[5]






  • Svrljig Black (Svrljiška kokoš)[5][36]


South Africa[edit]


A Minorca rooster


  • Asbohöna[5]
  • Bohuslän or Dals svarthöna[5]
  • Gotlandshöna[5]
  • Hedemorahöna[5]
  • Ölandshöns[5]
  • Oländsk Dvirghöna[5]
  • Orusthöna[5]
  • Skånsk Blommehöna[5]
  • Svensk dvärghöna[5]


The Appenzeller, a rare Swiss crested breed



The Sultan, a Turkish breed


United Kingdom[edit]

A Buff Orpington cock

United States[edit]


By primary use[edit]

All chickens lay eggs, have edible meat, and possess a unique appearance. However, distinct breeds are the result of selective breeding to emphasize certain traits. Any breed may technically be used for general agricultural purposes, and all breeds are shown to some degree. But each chicken breed is known for a primary use.


An Araucana

Many breeds were selected and are used primarily for producing eggs, these are mostly light-weight birds whose hens do not go broody often.


Most farms and homesteads use dual-purpose breeds for meat production. Some breeds are raised mainly for meat:


Barred Plymouth Rock, a dual-purpose breed

The generalist breeds used in barnyards the world over are adaptable utility birds good at producing both meat and eggs. Though some may be slightly better for one of these purposes, they are usually called dual-purpose breeds.


Since the 19th century, poultry fancy, the breeding and competitive exhibition of poultry as a hobby, has grown to be a huge influence on chicken breeds. Many breeds have always been kept for ornamental purposes, and others have been shifted from their original use to become first and foremost exhibition fowl, even if they may retain some inherent utility. Since the sport of cockfighting has been outlawed in the developed world, most breeds first developed for this purpose, called game fowl, are now seen principally in the show ring rather than the cock pit as fighting cocks.


U denotes a breed primarily used for exhibition, but which is still used for utility purposes.

G denotes a game breed.

Modern Game Fowl


Golden Sebright cockerel

Most large chicken breeds have a bantam counterpart, sometimes referred to as a miniature. Miniatures are usually one-fifth to one-quarter the size of the standard breed, but they are expected to exhibit all of the standard breed's characteristics. A true bantam has no large counterpart, and is naturally small. The true bantams include:


See also Category:Chicken hybrids

Many common strains of cross-bred chickens exist, but none breed true or are recognized by poultry breed standards. Thus, though they are extremely common in flocks focusing on high productivity, cross-breeds do not technically meet the definition of a breed. Most cross-breed strains are sex linked, allowing for easy chick sexing.

See also[edit]


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