American Working Dog Federation - Introduction

The American Working Dog Federation (AWDF) was founded on June 17, 1989 in St. Louis, Missouri. Its ongoing purpose is to develop awareness in the United States of the need to provide a strong foundation for, and to represent the working dog throughout the world.

Unfortunately, the character of many working breeds has been weakened. The type of dog that is currently being produced in their homelands differs considerably, both physically and mentally, from those dogs produced without consideration of the standards that define those working breeds.

Mission and Goals

The goals shared by all member clubs of the AWDF include: