The New Hampshire Red breed was developed around 1915 and was created entirely from strains of the already popular Rhode Island Red to improve certain existing traits in the R,I,R. They selected R,I,R for faster growth and feathering, not colour, resulting in a more orange/lighter colour than seen in R,I,R. It took a while for a consistent breed type to develop, with the breed being admitted to the American Standards of Perfection in 1935. The New Hampshire Red is probably best accepted as being dual-purpose, although it was originally bred as a layer. They are adaptable to either confinement or free range. They are useally calm, They mature early and are fairly cold-hardy. They also have a placid nature and make perfect family pets, and as they are good layers they will keep a family in brown eggs for a good proportion of the year.