What’s the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama?

thenordinsDecember 14, 2021

We love meeting people at the shows we attend and it’s great to share our knowledge of Alpacas with you. We’re often asked what is the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama. 
Most people don’t think there are any differences, they are related and both Alpacas and Llama are south American camelids but there are quite a few differences.
The most-distinguishing physical differences between alpacas and llamas are their size, their hair, and their face shapes.
Also, they differ in personality, which affects the way humans have used them over the years.

Size – Alpacas are smaller around 90cm to the shoulder and between 55kg and 65Kg. Llamas are much larger at about 120cm to the shoulder and 113kg

Hair – Alpacas have shaggy hair that is used for fleece production. Their hair color can vary greatly, from whites and light yellows to browns and blacks. This fiber is excellent for alpaca garments like shawls, hats and socks. Llamas’ hair is coarser, and their wool is considered inferior

Face – Alpacas have cute, blunt nose faces,  while llamas have more-elongated faces with banana-sized ears.

Personality – Alpacas are shy herd animals and stick together when threatened by a predator. Llamas are independent and more confident when threatened.

So there you have it, we hope that helps you decide who is who when you next come across an Alpaca or a Lama.
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