Companion Animals

There are a number alpaca qualities that make them suitable for those who want a few primarily as companion animals. They are quite a bit smaller than llamas, standing only about one metre at the shoulder, and weighing in at 60-70 kgs. ), which makes them quite manageable.  

They have a calm, gentle and predictable personality. However they will tend to spit at each other if disgruntled about something, but will rarely spit at a human. 

Aggressive behaviour is rare and they can be halter trained.

They are very sociable and inquisitive and therefore at least two should always be kept together. By nature they are pack animals and will huddle together if nervous or frightened. They make a number of different noises including their gentle hum.

Herd Guards

Alpacas are normally gentle toward humans and other animals that are not seen as threatening but they have an innate dislike for canines and foxes. 

Their defence against such predators is to chase them away or pursue them and if necessary stamp at or on the predator with their front feet, rising off the ground onto their back legs if necessary before bringing their front legs down with considerable speed and force.

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Fleece Industry

Alpacas produce luxurious and valuable fleece  in a multitude of natural colours. The worldwide fibre market officially recognises  22 natural colours of alpaca (they produce more natural colors than any other fibre producing animal). 

Alpaca fleece is as soft as cashmere and warmer, lighter, and much stronger than sheep wool. 

A single alpaca produces enough fleece each year to create several soft warm sweaters for its owner's comfort. 

As a testimony to the quality of alpaca fleece, clothing made of alpaca fibre was once reserved for Incan royalty.  Now spinners and weavers around the world can now appreciate the luxurious fibres from the alpaca.

Be sure to read this fabulous article, titled "Secrets of the Alpaca Mummies" from Discover Magazine.