Adding a new breed or variety

The American Poultry Association takes seriously its charge of maintaining the best possible descriptions for the recognized breeds and varieties of poultry.

The process to add a new breed may seem onerous, however the intent is to show there is a solid base of breeders working on a new variety and that it has reached a stage that could be classified as ‘”standardized”.

Anyone interested in working towards the addition of a new breed or variety should make themselves familiar with the following documents.

1. Admitting a new breed or variety guidelines

2. Checklist for Application for New Admissions

3. Checklist for Meet Requirements

4. Affidavit/Confirmation Form-Combo

5. Judging Criteria


To assist in documenting a new breed or variety the Standard Committee has provided the following documents outlining the elements needed for creating the proper Standard description.

Elements of the Standard – Chickens

Elements of the Standard – Ducks

Elements of the Standard – Geese