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Ga Don (Ga Noi Don)

Ga Don (left) are Kulang Asil-like birds. In Vietnam two types of Ga Don excist. There a two different varieties : a fully feathered and a natural naked neck variety. Naked neck Ganoi fowl can start growing feathers after some time. The Ga Don variety is bred for natural heel fighting. Weight 2.5 to 4 Kg (5.5 to 8.8 Kg). Naked neck Ganoi-type fowl are also present in the border regions of Vietnam (China, Laos, Cambodja). Outside Vietnam the Ga Don variety is mainly bred by Vietnamese people living in the United States. In Europe only a very limited number of genuine Ganoi fowl exist. Bird left : Mr.Hung Lai (USA) Bird right : Mr.Yellowspurs (USA)

Ga Cua (Ga Noi Cua)

The Ga Cua is a lightweight bird with an appearance resembling the Sumatra. The Ga Cua variety is used in Vietnam for fighting in artificial or natural (sharpened) heels. Weight around 2.5 Kg (5.5 Kg). This variety is also found in the US. In Europe very rare. Bird left : Mr.Hung Lai (USA) Photo right : Willem van Ballekom (Holland)

Ga Tre (Ga Noi Tre)

The Ga Tre is a very small Malayoide type fowl with an Asil resemblence. It is only used for articificial spur fighting (steel & sharpened natural spurs). It is also more or less seen as toy gamefowl for Vietnamese children. Weight 1,5 Kg (3.3 Lbs). Not present outside Vietnam. Photo : Willem van Ballekom (Holland)

Dongtao & Ga Ho

The Dongtao (left) and the Ga Ho (center & right) are also in their homeland Vietnam very rare. Both breeds have very typical features : enormous heads, dewlaps and very thickboned legs. Only some small populations excist. Lucky that these birds more or less have a -protected- status and are under supervision of the Vietnamese National Institute of Animal Husbandry in Hanoi. Weight max 3.6 Kg (8 Lbs). Not present outside Vietnam. Remark : the Ga Ho are very similar to the Japanese Yamato-Gunkei, maybe they have a genetic resemblance. Photo left : FAO Breed Archive Photo right : Ganoi.Com

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Cambodia & Laos

Gamefowl breeding has a long history in Cambodia & Laos. It was a very popular pastime during the rule of the Khmers. Cockfighting was practiced during the Angkor period as evidenced by the bas-reliefs on the walls of Angkor Thom (see above image). Since the Khmer civilization predates the Thais, it is reasonable to say that the Thais most likely copied the cockfighting and kickboxing game from the Khmers. Evidence has been found in form of stone carvings on the walls of the Angkor Thom, the inner royal city, built by the end of the 12th century during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. The gamefowl breeds found in Cambodia and Laos are more or less the same gamefowl as the birds which excist in Thailand and Vietnam. Fighting is practiced in natural and artificial spurs. The birds known as Vietnamese "Ga Don" (naked neck & fully feathered varieties) are also found in Laos and Cambodia. Remark : in Europe gamefowl from Cambodia and Laos are incorrectly referred to as "Laos Shamo" and "Cambodia Shamo". Anyone can see that these birds resemble the Malay and the large Kulang Asil. The Shamo is only bred in Japan ! Photo top (2 x) : Laotian Game from Mr.Claude (France). Photo bottom : Angkor Thom stone bas-relief depicting a cockfight (12th century)

Recommend link : A Game of Cockfighting by the Cambodian Daily Weekend

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