About the Standards Committee
The ARBA Standards Committee is one of the vital cogs in our organization. It is comprised of a Chair and eight members. In its official capacity, aside from studying and interpreting the Standard of Perfection, one of the most important charges assigned to the committee is to:
“….consider any proposed Standard for a new breed or variety, other than an A.O.C. variety, upon its proper submission by the introducer of the new breed or the Specialty Club proposing the new variety of an approved breed.”
The ARBA Standards Committee – Role in Establishing New Breeds and Varieties
The Committee receives a large amount of correspondence throughout the year in regards to questions about how to file a Certificate of Development (COD) for a new breed, variety or acceptance of a foreign breed. There is currently a great amount of interest in establishing new breeds as well as adding new varieties to established breeds. To help our members better understand and negotiate the process, we have put together an informational document to help in understanding the process as detailed in the Standard. Links to that document as well as forms to file a COD can be found below.