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Old English Game - Carlisle - Chicken
Old English Game - Carlisle Details
UsesExhibition, table bird
ClassLight, hard feather
ColourBirchen grey, Black, Black-breasted grey, Black-red (partridge female), Black-red (wheaten female), Black splashed, Blue, Blue-grey, Blue splashed, Brassy-backed, Blue duckwing, Blue furness, Blue-red, Blue-tailed wheaten hen, Brassy-backed blue, Brown-red, Crele, Cuckoo, Crow wing, Furness,Golden duckwing, Lemon-blue, Pile, Salmon-breasted blue, Silver duckwing, Spangle, White
Weight, cock2.5 kg
Weight, hen2.3 kg
ParentageRelated to the Oxford type. An ancient lineage with unknown ancestry.
Sitter?A reliable and determined sitter.
Old English Game Club – Carlisle
Old English Game - Carlisle Description
The Carlisle type was predominantly developed for exhibiting and still is today. After the banning of cock fighting in 1849, the way in which the breed was selected for exhibition caused tension between those that wanted to maintain the pit game and those that wanted desirable exhibition birds. The Original Pit Game ultimately divided into two separate breeds in the 1930’s with separate standards and breed clubs for each. The Oxford maintained the original Pit game and the Carlisle club encouraged the development of the exhibition type. Those that formed the Carlisle club were interested in maintaining the broader breasted, more horizontally backed birds for exhibiting. They are hardy, energetic and strong and often have a pugnacious temperament.
Carlisle’s are in many ways similar in habit and requirements to the Oxford type but Carlisle’s are different in being wider and more prominent across the shoulders. Their carriage is held nearer to the horizontal than Oxford’s and Carlisle’s are heavier and bulkier, losing much of the elegance of the true cock fighting fowl. Carlisle Old English Game are often dubbed, whereby their wattles and comb are removed.