The dominique chicken breed is one of the oldest American dual purpose breeds. It was admitted into the American Poultry Association's Standard Perfection in 1874. It has only one type of feather pattern variety--the cuckoo. The Dominique’s tightly arranged plumage, combined with the low profile of the rose comb, make this breed more resistant to frostbite than many other breeds of fowl. Dominiques are also known to adapt well to hot and humid climates.