pearl eye not every one is lucky to be able to get pure breeds and there are always those who call things pure when they are not. if the original shamo have been lost then it is not fault of the people who are interested in them now or in the future. i for one had a beautiful hen but she went missing one night along with a few other of my large game birds....i would like to think it was a wild dog that did it as i can shoot them.
so i have the cross breeds and i wish i had kept a lot more than i did and crossed them in more specific ways. but i didn't and have only these wishes after learning about them and am still learning. one thing i am finding very difficult is seeing the difference between the thai game and the shamo. some standards for the shamo want a fine narrow shouldered bird and others a wider bigger bodied bird. on looking at schmudde's book the lines of demarkation even between some of the asils and the shamo are very fine.
over the last few years i have developed an eye for the differences in the breeds of orientals, the ko shamo and their off shoots are much easier to depict but the bigger shamo it must me more to do with size and weights. i have no idea where i have put my australian standards at the moment but i know the standard for 'shamo' was pretty bland. what makes my thai game thai and not shamo?:thai game cockerel ckl 6mths
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they breed true:thai game cock
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