Now a rare but popular dual-purpose breed, the Orloff nearly became extinct in the last century. Bearded, muffed and walnut- combed, they are extraordinarily beautiful birds . Curious and non-aggressive, they are productive layers of a small light brown egg. Their history dates back to the 1700s when they were a farm fowl in Persia. Later, during the early 19th century, Count Orloff of Russia – a famous breeder of the Orlov Trotter horse – further developed the Russian Orloff breed.