As a species alpacas are more like cats than dogs and quite Intelligent.
When people meet alpacas for the first time – they observe gentle, curious animals with big doe-like eyes looking back at them. An initial question usually turns to their type of personality. My usual answer is that alpacas are more like cats than dogs.
Let me explain ten reasons why:
- An alpaca will stand just outside your reach – until they get to know you.
- An alpaca is curious about anything in the immediate surrounding – and will sniff it cautiously.
- Alpacas learn their names and will come when you call them – or may not.
- Alpacas like treats and can get comfortable eating out of your hand – their tricks are a bit limited.
- Alpacas will run away if they get spooked – only to stop and turn around to see what it was that spooked them.
- Alpacas are very intelligent and choose to return to the poop pile – usually in the same place – much like a cat uses a litter box. (My dogs have never made a pile and choose to use the whole back yard.)
- Alpacas do not play fetch – like a dog. Instead they nibble with their split upper lip on the edges of “things”…
- An alpaca female is very protective of her cria the first few days – then lets it explore the surroundings openly – probably glad for the break.
- Alpacas take “cat naps” through out the day and night.
- Alpacas hum to communicate much like a cat “meows”. It can be very quiet and comforting or…very persistent and annoying.
What are your experiences of “alpaca personality?” I invite you to give me your comments.