American Dog Breeders Association

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American Dog Breeders Association
Formation1909; 109 years ago (1909)
TypeKennel club
Region served
United States
Official language

The American Dog Breeders Association (also known as ADBA) was started in September 1909 as a multiple breed association. The residing president, Guy McCord, was an avid fancier and breeder of the American Pit Bull Terrier and was a close friend of John P. Colby. Colby was the mainstay of the ADBA and therefore it was considered the "home" registration office for the Colby dogs. All members in good standing could register their dogs and litters for the yearly fee of $2.50. The exclusive member’s idea gradually was replaced by a registry open to all owners and breeders of purebred dogs. Over time the association focused on the registration of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

The ADBA passed to the hands of Frank Ferris in 1951, who ran it with his wife, Florence Colby, wife of the late John P. Colby. He ran the ADBA on a limited scale but with increasing emphasis on the registration of the American Pit Bull Terrier. In 1973, through the recommendation of Howard Heinzl, Ralph Greenwood and his family purchased the ADBA from Ferris, whose advancing age prompted his retirement. Heinzl was a friend of Frank Ferris and a staunch supporter of the ADBA, as he registered his dogs exclusively with ADBA.

The association continues to grow in the USA and other countries. The ADBA is the largest registration office of the American Pit Bull Terrier and is now accepting other purebred dogs, usually working breeds.

Beginning 27 October 2006 the registry is opening its stud book to accept other purebred dogs.


"History Of The ADBA". American Dog Breeders Association: History. 27 October 2006. Retrieved 23 December 2015.

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