Dutch Bantams originated from Batam Island, an island in the Riau Islands Province of Indonesia, sometime during the 1600s. The Dutch Poultry Club recognized the breed by 1906. The first importation of Dutch bantams to the U.S. was in the late 1940s and they were first shown in exhibition in the early 1950s. In 1986 The American Dutch Bantam Society was formed (now known as The Dutch Bantam Society.) The American Poultry Association accepted the breed in the Standard of Perfection in 1992, and currently approves 12 color varieties. Dutch bantams are one of the smallest breeds of bantam and as such, are perfect for youth to work with.