The Old English Game bantam was first exhibited under the name in about 1896, prior to this they were often utilised as small cock fighting birds until 1849 when cock fighting was officially banned. They are a bold, active and hardy breed, primarily utilised as pets and exhibition birds. They are not as flighty or as vicious as Oxford or Carlisle Old English Game but they are still an aggressive and lively breed. Their wide well developed breast exhibits strong and prominent pectoral muscles and the breast carries plenty of meat for a small bird. Eggs are very small and can vary is colour depending on source. Officially they should be tinted. When exhibited the quality of plumage and its colour is important in Bantam Old English Game but above all the bird must be well balanced, being broad and symmetrical at the shoulders tapering to the tail. Muffs and/or tassels are also recognised features of the breed and are acceptable in any of the colour varieties.
|Class:||Bantam, hard feather|
|Colour:||Spangle, Black, Black-red (Partridge females), Black-red (Wheaten females), Blue, Blue duckwing, Blue furness, Blue grey, Blue-red, Blue-tailed wheaten hen, Brassy-backed black, Brassy-backed blue, Brown-red, Crele, Cuckoo, Furness, Ginger-red, Golden duckwing, Lemon blue, Pile, Silver duckwing, Splashed, White|
|Weight, cock:||0.7 kg|
|Weight, hen:||0.6 kg|
|Brooding Ability:||A reliable and defensive broody|
|Breed Club:||Old English Game bantam club|