Canadian Llama & Alpaca Registry

Rules of Registration

Following are key points in registering animals , for complete rules of eligibility please refer to Schedule A for llamas and Schedule B for alpacas

1. Animals are registered in the Canadian Llama and Alpaca Association (CLAA) Herdbook, NOT the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (CLRC). The CLRC is an organization that works for many associations by maintaining registry records. 

2. The registering of Foundation Stock was closed effective December 31, 2000. This means animals imported after the 31st of December, as well as qualified, imported animals that did not apply for registration before the deadline are not eligible for registration as Foundation Stock.

3. Animals born as a result of artificial insemination or embryo transfer are  accepted into the CLAA registry.

4. We currently have two categories of registration:

Purebreds – animals born to two CLAA registered parents (of the same breed), or animals that are the result of the breeding up program with no less than 15/16th heritage back to Foundation Stock or Purebred ancestry; or under the foreign registry recognition bylaw (see Schedule A - Llama or Schedule B - Alpaca)

Percentage Purebred – offspring or descendents of a CLAA registered parent bred to a 0%/recorded animal of the same breed. (see Breeding up in Schedules A and B)

Note 0% Animals - are those animals not eligible for registration. They are not issued a certificate. Descendents of 0 recorded animals are "bred-up" to a purebred status. 

5. Alpacas applying for registration must provide DNA parent verification reports qualifying both dam and sire with the application for registration.

6. Llamas applying for registration must provide a blood type or DNA case number of the sire on their application for registration form.

** Note – DNA profiling of the necessary parents should be done PRIOR to breeding**

7. Llamas and alpacas should be microchipped prior to registration. This is their permanent identification and it is very important. 

Note: when purchasing an animal always check the microchip number BEFORE the animal is in your possession.

8. Application forms for registration are available at the Central Office in Calgary; or the CLAA web site. 

Two very important things to remember:
- Only the owner of the dam at the time of birth is eligible to register the cria. If you purchase an animal with cria at side, the seller is responsible for the transfer of the dam, but also the registration and transfer of the cria.
– When you have a female serviced or purchase a bred female please ensure the certificate of service information is signed by the owner of the sire.

9. You must not register an animal that has a known congenital defect. (see list on back of application for registration)

10. Twins must state they are a twin when applying for registration and they must apply for registration at the same time.

11. The name of the animal on the application for registration can not contain more than 36 letters, spaces and characters.

12. The registered herd identifier of the owner of the dam at conception must be the only identifier used to name the resultant cria. 

13. An animal’s name can be changed provided it has no registered descendants. 

14. The seller of a registered animal is responsible for providing the purchaser with a new certificate of registration, in the purchaser’s name, within six months of the completion of sale. (see fee schedule)

15. If you sell an animal with no registered progeny as "grade" their certificate should be returned to the CLAA with the notation "sold as grade" clearly marked and dated on the certificate. An animal should be identified as being sold as grade stock and the certificate returned to CLAA, BEFORE the sales transaction begins. 

16. If an animal dies, its certificate should be returned to the Registrar of the Association with the notation "Deceased" and the date printed on the face of the certificate. It need not deface the certificate and there is a section on the back of the certificate to complete if you wish to have the certificate returned after the death has been duly recorded.