The American Rabbit Breeders Association or the A.R.B.A., as it is commonly called, was created as the governing body of a handful of rabbit breeders in Illinois about 1915. The initial idea behind the A.R.B.A. was to organize a group that would safeguard the interests of the ordinary rabbit breeder who kept and reared rabbits chiefly as a hobby.
Standards were drawn up by the founding members of the association to maintain a high level of quality within the types of rabbit bred by the members. The standards were intended to provide all fanciers with an ideal and also to ensure that all nominated judges used the same standards.
Today the A.R.B.A. has a membership of over 10,000 fanciers from all walks of life who live throughout the United States. The association caters to all aspects of rabbit-raising, including exhibition rabbits, commercial rabbits, pelt-producing rabbits and, of course, the ever-popular pet rabbit.
Incorporated within the A.R.B.A. are the breed specialist clubs that cater exclusively to one breed. These clubs hold stock shows within the pen shows organized by regional clubs and offer special prizes for the best specimens of that particular breed.
The American youth program is an important aspect of the A.R.B.A. It is, in fact, a junior A.R.B.A. run along lines similar to those of parent organization. All young fanciers should consider taking part in the activities of the youth section.
Many hundreds of local or regional clubs are affiliated with the A.R.B.A. Each has its own A.R.B.A. representative. The states are also grouped together into districts for which there are provincial A.R.B.A. representatives.