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.
The AWDF provides a platform for organizations dedicated to preserving the working characteristics of their breeds.
The goals shared by all member clubs of the AWDF include:
- To preserve and protect the working heritage and character of the various working breeds.
- To have American working titles recorded and recognized internationally.
- To become affiliated with the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Presently, the AWDF participates as a guest member at FCI meetings and invitational events.