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Breed Database

South East Asia

Gaichon (Thai Game)

Gaichon (Thai Game) are very popular with many gamefowl breeders in and outside Thailand. Two varieties have been standarized by a Thai Gamefowl Conservation Society. Breed features: small head, peacomb, compact short body, long well developed tail, high stationed. Seen in many colours. Weight 2,5 to 4 Kg (5.5 to 8.8 Kg). Bird : Mr.Cupxiong (USA)

Burmese Game

Burmese Game according Thai cockers are similar to the Thai Gaichon but in general lower stationed. The Burmese birds are getting popular too and they are already present in the US and Europe. These birds fight in natural spurs. Breed features: small head, peacomb, a compact short body, a long well developed tail and medium-stationed. Available in a large variety of colours. Weight 2,5 to 4 Kg (5.5 to 8.8 Kg). Bird : Featherfriend (USA)

Malaysian Game

Malaysian Game (Malayoid-type) are pretty similar to Burmese and Thai birds (see Burmese and Thai Game description). However some birds reflect a transition-type between the slender Thai-Burmese type and the more stronger build Kulang Asil. Breed features: small head, peacomb, a compact short body, a well developed tail and medium-stationed. Seen in a large variety of colours. Weight 2,5 to 4 Kg (5.5 to 8.8 Kg). The Malayoid-type is fought in natural spurs. Another type of Malaysian bird are the Bankiva-type gamefowl. These are fast, agile birds which are matched in steel slashers. Left and right bird : Mr.Aya (Malaysia)

Philippine Game

Domestic Philippine gamefowl is a majority today and outnumbered by the flood of American Game (for example Hatch, Kelso, Democrats, Tarheels, Whitehackles, Miner Bleus, etcetera). American Game are bred for the fight in metal spurs (gaffs, slashers, long and short knife). The birds are fast, accurate and agile. Due to their reputation US strains took over supremacy in the Philippines. Breed profile: single comb, rosecomb and peacomb (crossed with Asian gamefowl). eyecolour white, red, orange and brown, shank colour white, yellow, grey (depending on plumage colour), face red or black, back line sloping down, tail pointing upwards. Various colours. Remark : domestic Philippine birds are generally higher in station. Weight max. approx. 2, 5 Kg (5,5 Lbs). A small population in Europe excists. Photo (left) : bird from Legaspi Photo right : Super-SS-Gamefarm (Tanjay / Philippines)

Ayam Bangkok

Onwards 1960 some wealthy Indonesian cockers started to import Thai Game directly from Thailand. But very quickly importations were stopped due to increasing prices. Breeding of the succesful Ayam Bangkok hower was continued. Weight 2,5 to 4 Kg (5.5 to 8.8 Kg). Ayam Bangkok are fought in natural spurs only. Bird : Mr.Adek Harahap (Indonesia)

Ayam Bali (Balinese Game)

Ayam Bali are very fast and aggresive Bankiva gamefowl (picture left). They fight with the world longest steel spurs which are over 10 Cm long = 3.9 inch (straight and curved blades). Both types are slashers (for stabbing and cutting). Fights are very short, a few minutes only. In this style only one of competitors will leave the pit alive. The breed is only used for fighting purposes and in their homeland Indonesia not used for exhibition purposes. Colours are very important to the Balinese cockers as they believe they represent spiritual powers. Their is even a lunar calender to find out if it wise to fight a particular colour (or not to fight with it). Typical breed marks: single comb (dubbed or undubbed), eyecolour orange, red or brown, shank colour white, yellow, tail pointing upwards, station is of medium height. Various colours. Weight approx.1 to 2,5 Kg (2,2 tot 5,5 Lbs). However known as Balinese Game the same type of breed can be found in Southeast Asia. In Bali there are also (picture right) lightweight Malayoid-type of gamefowl (even a naked neck variety). Photo source : Internet (breeders unknown ?) Photo : naked neck "Aneka Ayam Hias" (1991) Frans Sudiro (Indonesia)


The Sumatra has been imported into US around 1850 and was frequently used in American pits. Dispite being quite succesful the breed got in favour with exhibition breeders. The breed is known for its long and well developed tail, the beetle-green shine of the feathers and last but not least the triple spurs. Sumatra's are very alert and rapid birds. Dispite their elegant build, Sumatras are sturdy, profilic layers and good mothers. Birds bred by Willem van Ballekom (Holland)

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