Canadian Llama & Alpaca Registry

Frequently asked Registry Questions

Which animals are eligible for registration?

All alpacas and llamas born of one or two CLAA registered parents regardless of country of birth who meet the rules of eligibility may be registered as Canadian purebreds or percentage purebreds.

Schedule A - Llama Registry Matters and Schedule B - Alpaca Registry Matters provide complete rules of registration. Or you may contact the office at 1.800.717.5262

Llamas and alpacas must be microchipped as a form of permanent identification. This allows accurate identification of the animal if the animal's identity comes into question by the current owner. All alpacas must be parent verified, and all male llamas must provide a DNA profile before they can receive a certificate of registrations.

What do I gain from registering my alpaca/llama with the CLAA?

  • An accurate and extensive pedigree database on the animal
  • Accurate knowledge of pedigree is the most important requirement for sound breeding decisions and breeding improvement.
  • Increase in the marketability of your alpaca/llama (the CLAA adoption of breed standards and screening for congenital disqualifiers increases the quality and value of your herd)
  • Participation in the Genetic Evaluation program
  • Participation in shows
  • Creditability as a serious and responsible breeder

Are there other Llama and Alpaca registries in Canada?

No – the CLAA is the only officially recognised registry organization for llamas, alpacas in Canada. The association is incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada. To portray a llama/alpaca as pure-bred in Canada that is not registered with the CLAA is illegal. The CLAA maintains all records and issues all certificates of pedigreed registration in Canada for llamas and alpacas.

What do I have to do if I sell a llama/alpaca?

You have three options:

  1. Transfer of Registration - transfer registration to the new owner following the sale of your animal by completing the transfer of ownership located on the reverse side of the certificate. Forward with the appropriate fee to: Canadian Llama & Alpaca Association.
    A new certificate will be issued by the CLAA to the new owner.

  2. Sell your animal as grade stock by sending in the certificate to the CLAA indicating the animal is sold as grade (removed from the registry).
    No cost – no transfer fee.

  3. Non-breeding Agreement - Enter into a non-breeding agreement with the new purchaser. This entitles you to sell the animal, but also indicate you do not wish the animal used for breeding purposes (no offspring from this animal are eligible for registration). Forms are available from the CLAA office or in the Registry Section of the web site. Forward the agreement and certificate to the CLAA. "Non-breeder" will be indicated on the registration papers. Only the original applicant can reverse non-breeding status. There is a fee of $100 for application to reverse status.

Cost of registrations and transfers can be found in the Registry section or click here. It is a legal requirement of the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada for the seller to transfer ownership within 6 months of the date of sale.

Why the legal requirements regarding transfers of ownership of animals?

The Animal Pedigree Act was initially enacted in 1900 to bring order and protection to the Canadian livestock industry. It accomplished this through the standardisation and control of the sale of breeding stock and how they are registered. It was based on the premise that accurate knowledge of pedigree is the most important requirement for sound breeding decisions and therefore breed improvement. This premise is no different now that it was back then. To encourage the maintenance of accurate registries it was made a Criminal Offence under the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada (Article 64 [j]) to sell animals as registered stock and not provide the purchaser with a certificate of registration within six months of completion of the sale.

Who is the CLRC?

The CLRC (Canadian Livestock Records Corporation) is a private non-profit organization that has been serving the Canadian livestock industry continuously since 1905 by maintaining the records for various breed Associations and prior to 2012 it provided administration services to the CLAA. In January 2012, the CLAA implemented its own registry system and all work is now being processed at the Associationís office.

I own some alpacas/llamas - how do I know if they are registered?

It is possible that you already own Canadian registered animals that have not been officially transferred to your name. To check registration status go to Pedigree/Herdbook or call the CLAA office for assistance. Searches can be made on the basis of name of the animal or on their microchip number (most commonly found on the right side of the tail base or at the base of one of the ears). Reading of the microchip number is done with an electronic microchip reader. If you do own registered animals, their offspring may also be eligible for CLAA registration.

To avoid such problems when purchasing animals always ask if they are registered or if they can be registered.