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The American Dog Breeders Association, Inc. was started in September, l909 as a multiple breed association. The residing president, Mr. Guy McCord, along with co-founder Con Feeley, were avid fanciers and breeders of the American Pit Bull Terrier, and were close friends of Mr. John P. Colby. Learn more about the History of the ADBA in this library category.


Find resources for resolving disputes, show health guidelines, making stud book corrections, and other ADBA resources in this library category.


Get more information on ADBA events including rules and judging criteria for conformation, weight pull, and top dog events in this library category.


Every exceptional breeder of American Pit Bull Terriers attempts to produce dogs which stand at the apex of a triangle made up of a sound base and two equally important sides. This triangle’s two sides are “breed type”, or how closely the dog resembles the written standard of physical perfection and correct temperament and “breed character” or how well the dog exhibits the often “unwritten” standard of performance and character expected of the breed. Learn more about breeding in this library category.


Get more information on show health guidelines, vaccinations, and health conditions and treatment information in this library category.


ADBA sanctioned clubs span the nation and overseas, each focused and actively working towards the same goals. To educate the public to the truth about the APBT breed and it’s owners. To promote responsible ownership of all breeds. To protect individual freedom of choice. Get more information about starting a new ADBA club or get tips for running an ADBA club in your area in this library category.


In 1976, the ADBA was petitioned by the owners of the breed, who possessed a very competitive spirit, to develop a standard on the breed by which conformation dog shows could be held. They did not want a standard that copied those of the United Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club, but a standard for those dogs that they owned and continued to breed for the traits of intelligence, character, loyalty, and the athletic qualities that the breed was originally bred for hundreds of years ago. Thus, the formation of the ADBA Conformation Standard. By applying the ADBA standard in judging, we will always have dogs that continue to reflect the athletic conformation of the dogs of days gone by. Learn more about ADBA Conformation Standards in this library category.


Get more information on ADBA titles, awards, and how events are scored. Also find downloadable judge books and scoring sheets in this library category.


The Safe Dog Program tests a dogs socialization and basic obedience training along with certification of the dog owners knowledge of basic canine psychology and the elements of responsible canine ownership. Advanced Level II consists of the first two elements stated above plus a temperament evaluation by a canine behaviorist or trainer.  After successful completion of the testing, a dog can apply to the American Dog Breeders Association for the award of Safe Dog Certified Basic Level I (SDC) or Safe Dog Certified Advanced Level II (SDC II). Learn more about the Safe Dog Program in this library category.


C.W. Meisterfield, the first ‘dog whisperer’ would tell you that many owners promote frustration and cause mental instability with their dogs because of lack of leadership and inconsistency in the pack. They over indulge the dog, lavishing unearned praise without physical or psychological boundaries, and then attempt to train with dominant and forceful training methods. This over time creates frustration and a dog’s ‘will to serve’ is replaced with the ‘will to dominate’ and when pushed (sometimes in the smallest way,) bite incidences result. This could explain many of the incidences that we hear about when a dog turns on his owner seemingly out of the blue with no provocation. Proper training prevents these types of incidents. Learn more about training your dog in this library section.