The big difference between two breeds of chickens is their legs.
There are more than a dozen breeds of the American shorthaired gelding that have leg length ratios of more than 30 to 1, according to the American Kennel Club.
But the American short-legged gelder, the American shih-tzu, is the most famous of the bunch, and it can grow to nearly 10 feet long and weigh up to a ton.
The American shippa, the British shorthaired, has an even smaller ratio: just over two to 1.
The geldings are considered a hybrid breed because they share the same gene pool, meaning they share more than 80 percent of the genetic code of a given breed.
American shorthairs and American shittas are sometimes referred to as a “breeding pair.”
Here are some tips for keeping the two breeds separate: Be sure to keep chickens in their natural habitat, such as in a well-ventilated shed or in an outdoor enclosure.
They may not be able to reach out to the other species in the flock, such the American gelders and shippas.