American Rare Breed Association (ARBA)

The American Rare Breed Association was created in 1997 to allow for conformation shows in the USA for breeds that are considered rare, and usually not recognized by the AKC.

Non-Profit of For Profit?For Profit
FCI Member club? No
Issues Pedigrees?Yes
Issues Pedigrees for Imported Dogs?Not if they already possess a pedigree.

The American Rare Breed Association is owned and operated by Robert Slack. Mr. Slack travels all across the USA and puts on the ARBA shows. He does have help with the secretarial issues and such. ARBA does not have its own conformation judges. ARBA hires judges from AKC and UKC in order to judge its shows.

ARBA pedigrees are not world recognized. They may not be recognized by any organization other than their own. AKC will not recognize ARBA pedigrees unless it has been agreed by the AKC Foundation Stock Service to allow ARBA pedigrees for AKC registrations. This is worked out on a breed-by-breed basis by the AKC-FSS.

ARBA puts on conformation shows only. ARBA does not have any sorts of dog sports. To view a list of breeds ARBA recognizes, please visit their website posted above.