The Scots Dumpy is a breed of chicken from Scotland. The moniker dumpy, meaning short and stout, refers the breed's thick-set appearance and extremely short legs.
Through history they have been known under a host of names such as: Bakies, Stumpies, Dadlies, Hoodies, or Creepies. They are classed as an endangered breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
The shortness of its legs is its most defining characteristic, and imparts a waddling gait to the chicken; adult birds are less than 5 centimetres (2 inches) off the ground. The birds are longer in the back and have a lower set tail than most breeds.
There is no set colour for the Scots Dumpy, but Cuckoo, Black, and White are the most common colours. Other patterns/colours occur as sports, or are bred into the phenotype by fanciers.
The breed’s standard allows for any pattern/colour that is allowed for Game Fowl to be acceptable, however colour is only worth 10% of the breeds score in competition.
They are a docile breed on the whole, but with any breed of poultry occasional males can be aggressive. Hens are good layers of light off white to tinted coloured eggs, and are said to make a good meat bird.