Shamo: Pure Japanese Line
The Shamo is a naked heel game bird from Japan.
The breed was originally brought into Japan from Thailand in the seventeenth century - the name referring to Siam, the old name for Thailand. In Japan it was developed into a distinctive fighting bird of courage and ferocity.
Its posture is very upright, with prominent shoulders, powerful bone structure, muscular build and sparse hard feather, which all together make it an impressive and striking bird.
The term "Shamo" covers all examples of the large fowl, but they can be further divided by weight into Chu Shamo (adult male weight above 3kg) and O Shamo (adult male weight 4kg and above).
The breed can be found throughout Japan and although occasionally shown they are kept there primarily as fighting birds, with character and attitude being the vital attributes. Cockfighting is legal in Japan, although betting on the outcome is not. Colour is of no importance in this breed, although the plumage colour most commonly seen is black/red (bbr) and variations; beak - yellow or horn; legs and feet - yellow (with blackish over-colour being normal in some dark coloured birds); face - red; and eyes silver or gold.
(introduction was provided courtesy of Shamolady)