Question Llamas: Pros and Cons?

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  1. Tamitha Ratliff

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    Hi all!
    Do any of you have llamas or alpacas? Which are better to have? What are the pros and cons of raising them? What would be their purpose other than pets?:think:

    Thanks!
    Later Taters!

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    If you are wanting it for protection get a female llama or a male that was fixed early on. Makes have a tendency to jump fence and go lady shopping. If for wool I still recommend llama. There is an Alpaca farm across the road and they are always having birthing problems and mother rejection problems after birth. Remember this is just one point of view .
     
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    Thank you Karla!
     
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    You are very welcome. We are all here to help each other. Just remember there are 15 opinions from 15 people. Pick what fits your situation.
     
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    If you get one for a pet do not get one that was bottled raised and don’t spoil it. If it begins to regard you on the same status or sees you as an Alpaca or Llama they will be more apt to spit on you. That really is foul!!! This goes for both.
     
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    Llama fiber can be excellent. Alpaca is easier to process since it has no guard hair. However, llama fiber is great. It just doesn't get the good press alpaca fiber does.

    Llamas are natural guard animals so keep that in mind if you get them. Someone I know lost his dog to a new llama. He thinks that the llama was trying to protect his sheep, from his sheepdog unfortunately.
     
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    How sad! We have a Mini Dachshund and I have plans to start breeding them but they will have their own space and the two hopefully won't interact. What a great warning though! Thank you!
     
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    They make great guards for sheep especially if you have town dogs hassling your herd. Also they are very edible when young too and not much more complicated that sheep to process
     

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