I'm new here and have never decided to get serious about poultry until now, but I'm not new to the livestock industry livestock showing and breeds of livestock (cattle sheep and goats) newly imported to the United States. How does the American poultry association set breed standards for imported chickens? Do they Americanize them or do they go with what breeders who bred and developed them centuries ago decided was best? I have read some harsh criticism of a farm who imports rare chickens and I know from personal expierence the type of animal people select for in one country is entirely different than what breeders in another country select for. So the first few generations of the breed in America will be greatly lacking in our eyes until we Americanize the breed which all to often unfortunately means getting things that kept them viable for centuries bred out of them.