The Cochin, as we know it today, originally came from China in the early 1850s, where it was known as the Shanghai, and later still as the Cochin-China. The breed created a sensation in this country in poultry circles because of its immense size and table properties. Moreover, it was an excellent layer. It was developed, however, for wealth of feather and fluff for exhibition purposes to the extent that its utility characteristics were neglected, if not made impossible, in winning types. There are no Cochin bantams.
Cochins are renowned for having for extremely kind and quiet dispositions. Given its excellent temperament and placid attitude it is easily tamed and very friendly, making them a popular pet breeds for children and novices. Mature birds also do not roam much and do not fly well at all, making them easier than most breeds to confine.