Key Characteristics

Hens are also good broodies and gentle mothers. Croad Langshans can be kept in a variety of housing systems and their modest foot feathering is not too much trouble to keep in good condition. 


  • Major F. T. Croad is usually credited with being the first person to import Langshan fowls to the UK from northern China in 1872.
  • Initially there was some debate whether they were different to the early cochins but in 1884, the Langshan Society was formed.
  • Major Croad’s niece was a huge supporter but was upset by a motion passed at the 1887 AGM requiring tight plumage.
  • Miss Croad left it about 1890 and in 1904 set up a rival Croad Langshan Club.
  • This has resulting in 2 breeds, the Modern Langshan with the tight plumage and the Croad Langshan.


  • Croad Langshans are tall birds, known for the U-shape created between their heads and tall tails.
  • Most birds are black but there is a rarer white variety.
  • Their legs are feathered on the outside and the soles of their feet should be pink.


The hens are reasonably good layers compared to other traditional breeds. Surplus cockerels are very meaty.

Did you know?

Eggs laid by the breed are described as ‘plum’. Croad Langshans lay matt pinkish-brown eggs that often have a dusty bloom effect, similar to unwashed plums.

Breed Societies

The Croad Langshan Club