The Dutch name of this breed is often said to mean “a shadow on a sheet.” I have been contacted by a Dutchman who believes that the birds were named after the village of Lakenvelt. He mentions that there are also breeds of cattle and goats which have the black head and tail and are also known as Lakenvelders. Although it carries a Dutch name, the breed is considered to have been developed in the Westfalen area of Germany. In the Netherlands and the UK there appear to be both bantam and standard forms, and a Blue variety has been developed, at least in the UK.
The hens lay white eggs and are non-setters. Males weigh 5 to6 pounds and females from 3 to 4.5 pounds. With their strongly contrasting colors, these birds are quite striking when at range on a grassy area