The Welsummer breed originated in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 20th century. In the 1920s it was imported to England. Representations of cockerels in the media are often based upon the “classic” Welsummer look. The most common example of this would be the Kelloggs Cornflakes rooster.
Wellsummers lay beautiful brown eggs, but are not particularly good layers. They are friendly and very hardy, shaking off common ailments easily. They are happy roaming free-range or more confined and make excellent pets for a beginner. If you let them free range they will forage and be economical to feed. Wellsummers are not the friendliest breed, but with extra effort they can get used to being handled. If you hand feed them they will associate you with their food source and be friendly to you. This is not the best breed to choose as a pet for little children.