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Shamo chicken

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Primary use  ornamental
Temperament  Pleasant, Docile
Origin  Japan
Egg size  Medium
Egg color  Brown
Breed of a Shamo chicken with black and brown feathers.

Recognized variety  Dark, Black-Breasted Red, Wheaten, Black
Similar  Asil chicken, Japanese bantam, Malay chicken, Brahma chicken, Cochin chicken

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Shamo (軍鶏) is an overall designation for gamefowl in Japan. It generally describes a breed of chicken of Japan which originated in Thailand.


Shamo chicken with white, brown, and black feathers.

The name "Shamo" was a corruption of the word "Siam", which means Thailand, during the early Edo period. Even though the breed was originally from Thailand, it has been selectively bred for several hundred years and is very different from the original stock. In reality, the Shamo is a strain of the Asil (Kaura), taken to Siam (Thailand) and Taiwan and from there to Japan. Its real place of origin is India (Hyderabad Dakkan and Rampure). The breed is used as fighting cocks for naked heeled cockfighting in Japan cockfights, where it is still legal. It is also bred all over the world for its show quality and unique upright posture.

Shamo chicken with black and brown feathers.

O-Shamo and Chu-Shamo are designations for different weight categories of large fowl, whereas the Nankin-Shamo is a bantam chicken. The Ko Shamo (シャモ), unlike O-Shamo and Chu-Shamo, is merely an ornamental breed not used for cockfighting, although it is bred to be temperamental and show the spirit of a fighter. While it is not related to the other breeds, it is often assumed to be because of the similarity of their names.

  • O-Shamo (Large Shamo, 大軍鶏), generally well over 9 lbs
  • Chu-Shamo (Medium Shamo, 中軍鶏), 7-8 lbs
  • Nankin-Shamo (Nankin Shamo, 南京軍鶏)
  • Ko Shamo (Small Shamo, 小軍鶏), 2-2,5 lbs

  • Shamo chicken with colorful feathers.

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    Shamo in the West

    Shamo chicken with black feathers.

    In the United Kingdom, the O-Shamo and Chu-Shamo designations are recognised. The Australian Poultry Standards have only one form of Shamo, which has a minimum weight of 3 kg.

    Shamo chickens inside a cage.


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