Top 10 Best Breeds of Fighting Gamefowl Roosters

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About Gamefowl

Gamefowl, also known as fighting games, are a member of the chicken family. Gamefowl come in a variety of bloodlines and are characterized by having aggressive behavior in both males and females.

This aggressive temperament manifests itself from a very early age (3-5 months), so it is necessary to separate the young male stags from each other to avoid a fight.

In today’s article we will address different breeds of fighting roosters.

Gamefowl are also referred to as gamecocks, gamefowls and fighting cocks.

In countries where cockfighting is legal such as the Philippines, Mexico and Quam genetics plays a very important role. A fighting rooster’s bloodline is extremely important.

Breeds of Gamefowl

Just like chickens, quail and other exotic fowl there are many different breeds of gamefowl.

Gamefowl breeds also have a variety within each family.

In today’s article we will focus on describing the different characteristics that make up the best fighting rooster breeds.

What are the Best Breeds of Fighting Roosters?

According to experts there is no perfect breed of gamefowl. However, if the gamecocks and hens come from a family with a history of winning the odds of producing more great fighters will also increase.

Bloodline and genetics play the greatest role in producing top quality fighting fowl.

Other factors include environment, feed, vitamins, preparation and keep procedures.

It is also worth noting that within each rooster’s bloodline that there may be a large number of varieties or subfamilies.

A breeder can cross one breed of gamefowl to another breed to improve different characteristics of the fowl. This is known as crossbreeding.

If you are planning to buy a specific breed of gamefowl for the purpose of fighting then there are many factors that need to be considered first.

  1. Learn about the qualities and characteristics of each gamefowl bloodline
  2. Choose the breed of fowl that best suits your needs
  3. Provide excellent care and nutrition
  4. Keep records on everything

Note that in this top 10 list that we did not include Whitehackle. The Whitehackle is a top foundation fowl and its bloodline is already infused in many of the roosters listed below.

1. Sweater

Sweater rooster image ©

The Sweater, developed by Carol Nesmith has consistently won the majority of derby fights among hard competition.

Over the last decade Sweater gamefowl have dominated the cockpits in Mexico and in the Philippines.

Sweater became the winningest bloodline of fighting roosters not only in the Philippines and Mexico, but also in South America.

Although Nesmith is not the original breeder of the famous Sweater bloodline, he is instrumental in its popularity.

He is also the one who refined its bloodline. Nesnith deserves all credits for the Sweater’s development.

The person who sold Carol the original broodstock even told him that the breed could no longer compete.

Carol’s partnership with one of Philippines’ best cockers, Rafel Abello, paid off and the bloodline became not only famous but a true leader in the sport of cockfighting.

2. Kelso

Kelso rooster image ©

Kelso is known as the king of combat among fighting roosters and are commonly seen in all cockfighting rings.

The Kelso is very good at attacking both above and below their opponents. They are also very intelligent which makes them one of the most desired bloodlines in the industry.

They are a very strong bird with a lot of power which has earned its popularity as one of the best fighting breeds.

Aesthetically they are very beautiful chickens, of great size. For many cockfighting enthusiasts it is the most beloved and sought-after breed of fighting games.

3. Roundhead

Roundhead rooster
Roundhead rooster image ©

The Roundhead is one of the most popular breeds of fighting gamefowl in the world.

Breeders and cockfighters in the U.S., Philippines, Mexico and other countries are very familiar with their bloodlines.

Due to the roundheads’ overwhelming popularity, breeders must watch for fake bloodlines that resemble true roundheads. An experienced cockfighter will be able to notice the difference.

A pure blooded Roundhead game rooster will have a pea comb.

Note: There are many other pea combed fowl that are not Roundheads.

It is best advised to buy from a reputable breeder.

4. Hatch

Hatch Rooster
Hatch rooster image ©

Hatch fighting roosters are an American breed of fowl.

It is well known that In the U.S. breeders fight Hatch fowl often because they are great in fights that use gaffs.

The top traits of hatch fowl are strength, power and speed. They are considered tough and excellent in combat.

When fighting at ground level they can hit their opponent harder than any other breed.

Hatch gamefowl are often crossed with other breeds to add gameness.

Hatch fowl can be crossed with any breed to improve strength and speed. Infusing Kelso, Radio and Sweater with Hatch blood is highly recommended.

Any game rooster that has green legs is also carrying some of the hatch genes. Pure hatch fowl will have yellow or green legs.

5. Hatch Twist

Hatch Twist Rooster
Hatch twist rooster image ©

Hatch Twist (twirling hatch) is an offshoot of the original Hatch bloodline differentiated by having white or yellow feathers on its neck.

They are very aggressive and lightning quick. A large fowl with the strength to go with its size.

Many American breeders consider them to be the “secret breed” for creating new varieties for fighting.

The Hatch Twist is often crossed with other breeds due to their size, strength and skill when fighting.

Popular lines are McClean, Perry and Penny Hatch.

6. Asil

Asil rooster image ©

The Asil is a breed of roosters native to India, the color of its plumage is black and red, with yellowish legs.

It has broad shoulders and a small beak, however, its wings are very prominent and stand out.

The size of the Asil rooster is small to medium and can weigh between 1.8 and 2.7 kilos.

The Asil is considered a good fighter since his attack is hard which can hurt its opponent with only his bare heels.

One disadvantage of the Asil rooster is that in order to throw at his opponent they need to “bite” which slows down its attack.

However, this is one of the fighting cock families that many gamecock breeders have mixed with other breeds to give their birds more stamina and cut.

There is a well-known phrase in the cockfighting world regarding this breed: “The Asil is the only breed that improves all the fighting rooster breeds.”

7. Shamo

Shamo roosters image ©

Known as “Shamo fighters” these roosters are very strong and dominant, possibly the most powerful of all game roosters. The Shamo seems to always be on top of his opponent.

They are a medium to large sized fowl, having a weight that varies from 3.5 to 6 kilos, depending on the bloodline.

The color of their plumage can be white, red, and yellow-towned, or gold.

There are several lines or breeds of Shamo roosters, but generally, they all have thick feathers, of Asian origin.

This breed was developed to be a fighting rooster of unmatched ferocity and courage.

Shamo roosters are world-renowned fighting birds.

Cockfighters are aware of the great strength and resistance of these birds, which is why they are considered one of the best fighting cocks.

8. Radio

Radio Rooster
Radio rooster image ©

The Radio fowl is characterized by being known as an excellent fighting rooster.

They are widely used by breeders in Mexico and the United States.

One of the characteristics that make this breed stand out is that they are roosters with a serrated crest and a square head.

Known to be very calm with their handlers but extremely aggressive when provoked by other roosters.

Colors are reddish brown combined with black feathers. Legs are yellow and mediam sized.

During a fight, they can be described as determined roosters, but intelligent in combat, always looking for their opponent.

They fight in short bursts with quick attacks. They do well on the ground and during flight.

9. Peruvian

Peruvian Gamecock
Peruvian rooster image ©

Peruvian gamefowl are becoming very popular in the Philippines and in other parts of the world.

Today they are one of the most sought-after breeds for cockfighting but are also the most expensive breed of fowl.

As its name suggests, Peruvian gamefowl were developed in Peru and is one of the oldest bloodlines.

The Peruvian took decades of development to get the perfect bloodline – the one we have today.

A good Peruvian trio of breeding fowl could cost up to $5,000.00 and is very difficult to acquire.

10. Spanish

Spanish Rooster
Spanish rooster image © Taino Boriqua

Also called the fighter of Spain the Spanish Gamefowl is one of the best fighting birds in Europe.

They are small to medium in size.

Just like other game birds they cannot be near another rooster because they fight for dominance and to protect their territory.

The Spanish is an elegant bird with great physical characteristics making him an aesthetically beautiful rooster.

There is a wide variety of colors for Spanish roosters, ranging from white to light and mottled.

In combat these roosters alway seek a fight and will never run away from its battles.

At the start of the fight he enters with his legs, looking for the upper part of the opponent, always with courage and bravery.


Here is an excellent video by AgriCathTV with some different views.

This rounds up our top 10 list of fighting roosters. There are a lot of other gamefowl breeds that could have possibly made this list. These 10 fowl were chosen based on years of proven winnings.

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