The American Poultry Association is an association founded to promote and protect the standard-bred poultry industry in all its phases. The APA was founded in 1873. The first American poultry show was held in 1849, and the APA was later formed in response to the burgeoning need for an overseeing body to set standards for poultry breeds and to administer judging. The APA recognizes many breeds of poultry, and published the first American Standard of Perfection a year after it's foundation, which to this day is the most widely used and respected handbook on poultry breed standards. The APA allows breeders and fanciers to register their birds, as long as they conform to breed standards.