Dorking Breed Standard 

The Dorking chicken breed is a good choice for backyard chicken owners. It is a good dual purpose bird with fine textured meat.


Chicken Breed Info:

Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Productivity: Medium
Size: Large
Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Silver-Gray Colored Red White


Dorking Facts:

General Characteristics according to Dorking Club Standard

Male: Carriage: Quiet and stately, with breast well forward.

Type: Body massive, long and deep, rectangular in shape when viewed sideways, and tightly feathered. Back broad and moderately long with full saddle inclined downward to the tail. Breast deep and well rounded with a long keel bone. Wings large and well tucked up. Tail full and sweeping carried well out with abundant side hangers and broad well-curved sickles.

Head: Large and broad. Beak stout, well proportioned and slightly curved. Eyes full. Comb single or rose. The single comb is upright, moderately large, broad at the base, evenly serrated, free from side sprigs. The rose is moderately broad and square fronted, narrowing behind to a distinct and slightly upturned leader, the top covered with small points of even height. Face smooth. Earlobes moderately developed and hanging about one third the depth of the waddle, which are large and long.

Neck: Rather short, covered with abundant hackle feathers falling well over the back, making it appear extremely broad at the base, and tapering rapidly toward the head.

Legs and Feet: Legs short and strong. Thighs large and well developed but almost hidden by the body feathering. Shanks short, moderately stout and round, free from feathers, the spurs set on the inner side pointing inwards. Toes, five, large round and hard, the front toes (three) long and straight and well spread, the hind toe and the extra toe well formed and separated; the extra toe placed above and pointing upwards.

Female: The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences, except that the tail is carried rather closely. The single comb falls over one side of the face.


Class: Standard: English Bantam: Single Comb, Clean Legged; Rose Comb, Clean Legged

Size: Standard Male: 9 Ibs. / Standard Female: 7 Ibs. / Bantam Male:36 oz. / Bantam Female: 32 oz.

Comb, Wattles & Earlobes: They have large wattles and medium size earlobes. All, including the comb, are bright red.

Single Comb: Male: They have a large comb that has six evenly serrated points that stand upright. The middle two points are the longest. Female:They have a medium size comb with six distinct points falling to one side of the head.

Rose Comb: They are large, square in the front, covered with well-defined spikes and small rounded points.

Color: Some varieties, including black, crele, light gray, and speckled are available, but not yet recognized by the APA standard of perfection. The eyes are reddish bay and the shanks and toes are pinkish white for this breed.

Colored: This variety includes both single and rose comb. The beak is dark horn. Male: The hackle and saddle have straw-colored feathers with a black stripe. The front of the neck, cape, breat, body, and tail are lustrous black. The back and wings are black with straw lacing. Female:The hackle is black with straw lacing and shaft. The front of the neck and breast are salmon with some black edging on lower areas and the remainder of the feathers are brown to brownish black, mixed with gray.

Cuckoo: They have single and rose combs. The beak is pinkish white streaked with horn and they have standard cuckoo plumage.

Red: They have single and rose combs. Teh beak is pinkish white streaked with horn. Although this variety is referred to as red, it meets the specifications for black-breasted red plumage.

Silver Gray: They only have a single comb. Teh beak is pinkish white streaked with horn. Male: The head, neck, back, and saddle are white to silvery white and the cape, breast, body, and legs are black to greenish black. The tail is primarily greenish black, though small places near the saddle are laced in white. The wings are black with white highlights and the undercolor is slate. Female: The head is silvery white and the hackle is silvery white with a narrow black stripe and some gray stippling. The front of the neck and breast are salmon shading to gray at the sides. The back, body, legs, and wings are ashy gray with some white stippling. The tail is dull black stippling with gray.

White: They have single and rose combs. The beak is pinkish white and they have standard white plumage.

Place of Origin: Britain

Conservation Status: Threatened

Special Qualities: A good dual purpose breed for backyard chicken growers.