The Croad Langshan was imported in the UK from north China by a Major Croad in 1870 and the Croad Langshan Club was formed in 1904. They are dual-purpose birds, slightly smaller than the Brahma and the Cochin.The breed is similar to the Black Cochin and when first introduced, it was actually classed as a Black Cochin and supporters of the breed spent the next 35 years proving that it was a separate breed.They are a heavy breed yet possess grace and they have a definite U-shaped appearance from the side because the tail is at the same level as the head. The beak tends to have a lighter tip and the eyes are brown.The comb, wattles and earlobes are all bright red and the legs are slate grey and feathered. The male has very long tail sickles and a well spread tail. The breast is deep and the legs short so they make excellent table birds while the hens possess a deep abdomen and produce a good number of eggs. Brown shelled eggs were a rarity in England until the Croad Langshan was introduced, as it was the first Asiatic breed in this country to produce them. There is a bantam version.