Herkunft

Der Ursprung der Tuzo bleibt bis heute ein Geheimnis.

Man vermutet zwar, dass diese Rasse aus Japan stammt, doch wurde sie nie eindeutig in japanischen Publikationen der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart erwähnt. In einer Publikation von 1800 eines japanischen Autors namens Ranzan Ono werden “kleine Shamo als Tuzi benannt”. Vielleicht wurde aus dem früheren japanischen Namen “Tuzi” das heutige “Tuzo”, aber wie gesagt, es gibt in der Literatur keinerlei Beweise für die Herkunft der Tuzo.

Nach Ansicht der Japanischen Geflügel Gesellschaft (Japan Poultry Society) ähnelt der Nankin-Shamo (japanisch: nankin = niedrig zum Boden) am ehesten dem Tuzo. Dies ist auch der einzige kleine Shamo ohne Garnelen-Schwanz.

Der folgende Hinweise aus der Literatur wurde mir durch Gamefowl-Info von Werner Lamkemeyer zur Verfügung gestellt.

Breed: Tuzo
Habitat: Japan-USA
Classification: Malayoid
Background information:
This breed dispite the literature is a real „mystery“. According „Cockfighting all over the World“ written in 1928 by Carlos Finsterbusch this breed was only bred and owned by the Japanese nobility. But strange enough in Japan there is no breed known or has ever been known by this name (source: Mr.Yoshihisa Kubota, Secretary of the „Japan Poultry Society“). This breed has never been mentioned in Japanese publications from past and present. The only line to be found with a similar expression dates back to 1800 in a publication from a Japanese author named Ranzan Ono saying…“small Shamo’s are called Tuzi“. Members of the above mentioned society are the opinion that the only breed matching Western remarks is the Nankin-Shamo. This is also the only small Shamo not having a „shrimp“ tail. It seems that American GI’s after their service in Japan took home some of these Nankin-Shamo which locally could have been known by the old name „Tuzi“. But this story is not based on indisputable evidence. Turning back to the Tuzo. The first Tuzo eggs were imported from the US by Mr.Wullften-Palthe to Holland. Typical features: Aseel-like in shape and form, pearl eyes, triple peacomb, shankcolours: fleshcoloured with a blackish touch, yellow, all black, Colour of the face: red to blackish depending on the colour of the feathers (all black or blackred). Weight: male 3.9 Lbs (1.8 Kgs), female: 3.3 Lbs (1.5 Kgs) Still today strains are seen having black spurs. Old literature mentioned a black tongue. Dispite this discription, no excistence of this feature has been recorded at Tuzo’s bred today ! However being a „mystery“ breed the Tuzo became very popular in Europe. As several strains have been imported the breed is not that uniform. Some breeders go for the Shamo-like apperance other in direction of the Aseel-type.

Source: article „The Tuzo“ (1986) by Johnny van Impe (Belgium)

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