Red, Canary Islands are part of Spain, so the spanish game influence is pretty big. Anyway, the Canarios are a bit bigger ( around 4 + ) than a regular jerezano or peninsular spanish game, also the way they fight it´s a sign that that some crossing might have happened in the far past, maybe oriental influence, maybe oeg influence, maybe both... anyway, I hold the highest regard for spanish cannarios, even better than jerezanos in my opinion. They fight them in naturals or postizas of bigger size than the official size on the mainland which is one inch. Some of the best bankivoid birds in the world.
The only place in Spain and its territories where cocking is still fully legal is the Canary islands yet in spite of this and the fact that they have some of the very best facilities to be found anyplace, they have very poor quality fowl.
The Canary fowl are not Bankiva.
The Canary islands fowl have a very poor reputation over here in Europe. There has been a considerable amount of fiction written about them over the years by those not residing in Europe. Here is one such quote "Many believe that some of the best of all this type of fowl came from the canary islands." Here is the source of the quote .... SteelGame.com Forums
Here is another quote from a guy by the name of Pedraglio from Peru ....
"The canary historian, Mr. Viera y Clavijo, in his " Natural History of the Canary Islands', writes: Our islands are bred to English or English rooster breed to be allocated to the fights, being them superior to the country. The arrival of the British to the island roosters was during the seventeenth century, creating the existing Spanish rooster, a different kind with its own characteristics and a different lawsuit. Larger weight and strength that its original.
The old canary was shaped like the Jerezano fighter and Asturian, but riñla game, as we have written. Larger and corpulence. Develop a greater stake in the fight."
"El canario es de aspecto arrogante, esbelto, valiente, heridor, inteligente para la lucha, pendenciero y malintencionado.
El historiador canario, Sr. Viera y Clavijo, en su «Historia Natural de las Islas Canarias», escribe: En Nuestras islas se cría al gallo inglés o de casta inglesa para destinarlos a las peleas, por ser ellos superiores a los del país. La llegada de los gallos ingleses a la isla fué durante el siglo XVII, creando con el gallo español existente, un tipo diferente con características propias y con un pleito diferente. De mayor tamaño, peso y fortaleza que sus originarios."
The Canary fowl are not Bankiva. The Canary fowl show a mixture of different breeds. But what those breeds are or where they came from is not known. Due to the geographic location of the Canaries it being almost one thousand kilometers by sea from mainland Spain they could have come from anywhere. ....
For what I know the canary game fowl is a headhunter like the tipical spanish game fowl but crossed with some degree of oriental this is why they are as strong as the american game fowl for the gaffs just smaller weighting from 3-8 to 4 pounds.
Nice pictures Eddie thanks for showing them to us. I have to disagree on your statement about the quality of the Canarios, they are second to none, at level with any of the best battle fowl being shown in any pit in the caribbean, the americas or mailand spain itself. I´ve had them, still keep some blood and they are some of the best ones. Your assertion is based on mixed and many times misstranslated information from here and there, for instance you talk about Ricardo Pedraglio´s book, well Ricardo is a close friend of mine, and I had in my yard two of the best hens he has ever had, cannary ones ( his words ) while in transit from my country (ecuador) to his (peru), he lended them to me for over a year to breed out of them and boy the offsprings were some of the best spanish fighters that have ever been seen around. The breeder Jose Carlos Rodriguez from Cannary Islands, was Spanish Champion for three years in a row, and it´s a known fact that penninsular cockers almost never go to the islands to particiapate in tournaments because of the canario´s superiority. They are bankivoid indeed, not pure bankiva, I never say so, on the other hand it´s supposed that some oriental cross might have been done way back in the past, and certaInly oeg too, but the biggest influence is the spanish game of course this is a fact not fiction. They are head hunters as well as body hitters,some show defensive styles and fight in postizas of 35 to 45 mm, the average weight is four pounds.
Regarding the history of the Canary Islands.......
The islands were visited by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, and the Carthaginians. According the Roman author Pliny the Elder (1st century AD), the archipelago was found to be uninhabited when visited by the Carthaginians, but they saw ruins of great buildings. This story may suggest that the islands were inhabited by other peoples prior to the Guanches. King Juba from Numedia is credited with discovering the islands for the Western world (1st century AD). Although the history of the settlement of the Canary Islands is still unclear, linguistic and genetic analyses seem to indicate that at least some of these inhabitants shared a common origin with the Berbers of northern Africa. The pre-colonial inhabitants were known as Guanches (originally the name for the indigenous inhabitants of Tenerife). From the 14th century onward visits were made by sailors from Majorca, Portugal and Genoa. In 1402, the Castilian (Spanish) conquest of the islands began.
I think this piece of history gives not much hold to the assumption that the Canarian gamefowl in a less or more degree have been influenced by Oriental gamefowl. At least not in ancient times. Ofcourse, it is possible that in modern times Oriental gamefowl have been introduced. Size/weight wise maybe some -indigenous- Bankiva gamefowl from the Philippines have been introduced ? I dont see much other options. The look of those Canarian fowl to me does not show much Oriental features. But I am happy to learn.
Well putting aside some old reading you can watch several videos of the canary gamefowls in youtube.com, those fights are from last year at least and you can get your own conclusion. From my point of view I agree with Pablo they are good headhunters like the tipical spanish gamefowl and the only difference that I see from the original spanish game fowls is that they are stronger for the oriental infusion.