I believe the only thing we have in the US that is similar to the Vorwerk is the Golden Lakenvelder, correct? Nobody has ever tried to import any true Vorwerks? Because I was thinking about attempting to breed my own homemade Vorwerks using Buff Orpingtons and Blue Bresse. But I won't bother if the real thing is going to be available anyways. I got the idea when I Googled for blue bresse and discovered that they were discontinued by Greenfire and are now kept by very few people. Many of the remaining birds often have a Lakenvelder pattern it seems. I don't know if that had anything to do with the reason why they were discontinued or not. Here is a picture from the internet of a Blue Bresse with the Vorwerk color and pattern: Since the Vorwerk is a heavy, dual purpose breed, a Golden Lakenvelder patterned Bresse seems like it would be a good place to start if you wanted to try to construct something similar. Bresse already have a good amount of the meat and egg qualities that might be lacking if you used true Lakenvelders. I think I would cross them on Buff Orpingtons because the original Vorwerks were bred using BO's (along with Andalusians, Buff Sussex, and Lakenvelders) in their creation. Plus I have seen buff/ blue or buff/ black orpington crosses, and they tend to have the required solid black heads, like this: Anyways, I think it would be a fun project, and not terribly difficult. I am too busy caregiving for my grandpa to get started on it at the moment, but hopefully the blue bresse will still be around for at least another year or two, and I will be able to give it a try then. If anybody is already working on a Vorwerk project, I would love to see your progress!