The Australian Pit Game originated as a fighting fowl, initially developed by the British Army personel stationed in the then colony of New South Wales.
A standard of perfection was drawn up in 1936 by the "Big Game Club Of Australia".
The present day fowl is descended directly from the Australian Fighting Game bird used for the cruel sport of "Cock fighting" which involved placing an unfortunate bird into a man made pit, against one or more opponents who quiet often fought to the death. This dreadful passtime is now illegal and is not tolerated or condoned in any way by this club. Those birds were a mix of breeds which blended from crosses of Old English Game, Aseel, Malay and perhaps Sumatra Game, to evolved into the breed we see today.
Due to the variation in blood lines, the Australian Pit Game comes in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Those strains which were built upon the Old English Game lines are generally single comed with longer, more profuse feathering with a proud and upright appearance. The thicker, larger set types developed from the more Asian bloodlines are generally harder with sparser feathering.
The inportant points in the Australian Pit Game are keen sight, strong wide head with curved beak, powerful arched neck, wide muscular shoulders, a cone shaped body and flat back that is full in front and tapers to the tail. Powerfully built breast and thighs, strong round shanks with sound feet and well spread toes. Major consideration of a prized fowl involves the handling of the bird to determine the muscular development, fitness and balance.
The overall appearance of the bird is that of a proud upright bird that is allert and agile with the game stance of a bird ready for anything. It must also be well balanced and graceful when moving around the ground.
Australian Pit Game Bantam
Over a number of years the bantam version of the Australian Pit Game has evolved into an exhibition fowl, as a result of selective breeding by a dedicated group of breeders.
Following many heated discussions both verbal and written, a group of breeders consisting of Len Mayton, Frank Beggs, Ted Vaughan and Bill Plant as a pencil clerk, weighed all the Pit Game Bantams at the New South Wales All Game Show at Maitland Showground, New South Wales 1981.
The weights were averaged and the following "maximum" weights were submitted by the "Maitland Poultry Club" to the Bantam Club and All Feathered Clubs Advisory Council of New South Wales for comment by affiliated clubs and member breeders.
These weights were - Male 3 Pounds, Female - 2 1/2 Pounds.
After much discussion and some heavy lobbying by breeders, Harvey Wykes, Ted Vaughan, Len Maytom, Alwyn Johns and others. These weights were adopted by the Bantam Club Of New South Wales and the then newly formed Australian Pit Game Fowl Club Of Australia, (The governing body of the Australian Pit Game Fowl both large and bantam). The bantam version also judged on the Marshall Compton standard contained in the book "The King Of Fowls".
Since it's inception the bantam version of the Australian Pit Game has developed into a breed that is able to hold it's own in any competition. As a result it is common for Australian Pit Game bantams to regularly take out major awards at many shows around the country.