The Leghorn chicken breed originated from the city of Livorno, an italian Tuscan port city on the Tyrrhenian Sea. They were exported to North America in 1832. Over the years, the breed has expanded into three separate breed types, all having the bright yellow legs and white earlobes in common. The different breed types are also referred to as different names, depending on its location. The Germans refer to them as the Italiener, in Italy and Belgium Livorno, and in the Americas, England and the Netherlands they are called Leghorns.