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The Orloff has never been popular in this country, possibly because the standard is for a gloomy and vindictive expression. However they are a good hardy breed that sometimes take to laying in the winter months which makes them very useful. Although they are officially classed as originating from Russia there is much to indicate they originated in Persia (Iran) in the Gilan Province area where it was known as the Chilianskaia, and were then developed in Russia and named after Count Orloff Techmanski before coming to Britain in the 1920's. Probable breeds used in their makeup include the Malay or Belgian game and a bearded European Spangled breed.
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