My thoughts exactly...I think one of the best-looking rooster breeds I've ever seen is in the Wyandotte family. It was a Silver-Laced. It quickly caught my attention at our primary school's fall festival. They had a "farm" section and someone had brought in a SLW rooster and hen for the kids to look at. It seemed to be very docile for a rooster. I can't speak for it's hardiness though.