And on that farm, he had an alpaca.
Types of Alpacas
This in the more common breed of alpaca. They have crimped, dense, soft fleece which can help them stay warmer in the cold.
These less common alpacas have longer, silkier fibers which form locks of hair.
The Differences Between Alpacas and Llamas
• Alpacas have shorter ears than llamas
• Alpacas have shorter noses than llamas
• Alpacas are also much smaller in size than llamas
• Alpacas produce more fiber than llamas
• Alpaca fiber is also softer than llama fiber
• While alpacas solely are raised for their fiber, llamas have been raised as working animals
• Alpacas are more social than llamas
Cria: An alpaca that is between 0 and 6 months old
Weanling: An alpaca that is between 6 and 12 months old
Yearling: An alpaca that is between 1 and 2 years old
Adult: An alpaca who is over 2 years old
Maiden: A female alpaca who has not produced offspring
Junior Herd Sire: A male alpaca who has not produced offspring
Herd Sire: A male alpaca who has produced offspring
- Alpacas can hum and ‘orgle’ to communicate their emotions.
- Alpaca wool can come in over 50 different colours!
Alpacas in Canada
Alpacas most commonly live in South America, however, their warm fur allows them to be raised in Canada despite the cold winters.
Items Made with Alpaca Wool
• And much more!