1. They're hardy and
Domesticated in the peruvian Andes, llamas are very hardy and
can withstand both heat and cold. Given good living conditions,
ample pasturage and the companionship of other llamas, they
thrive in an amazing range of climates. They're also disease-resistant.
They have an excellent disposition.
Llamas are gentle, curious, calm, and social. They interact
well with both people and other animals, and they don't generally
get upset by new situations.
3. They're intelligent
and easily trained.
Llamas are extremely bright and learn quickly. They can easily
be halter trained and taught to pull a cart, and they can even
serve as "guard animals", protecting flocks of small livestock.
4. They're easy to care
Llamas don't have difficult diet or shelter requirements and
they require very little equipment. Aside from routine worming
and vaccinations, they generally require an absolute minimum
of veterinary attention.
5. They get along well
with each other and with other animals.
Llamas are very social animals and need to
be with other llamas. They're also quite compatible with other
domesticated animals and may even bond with sheep or goats,
driving predators away from the herd.
6. They're hard workers.
Llamas are unparalleled trail animals, capable
of carrying up to 80 pounds in a pack. Llamas are also anjoying
an increasing acceptance as "guard animals", protecting sheep
and other small livestock from predators.
7. They're very discreet
about "bathroom" habits.
Llama droppings are small, nearly odorless pellets (similar
to deer droppings) and are generally deposited in a communal
dung pile, which makes for easy cleanup. Llama droppings make
excellent fertilizer for flower beds and gardens.
8. They have great wool.
Llama wool finds great favor with home spinners for making sweaters,
scarves,and other wearing apparel.
They're inexpensive to maintain.
With good pasture, it can cost less than $300 per year to keep
10. They're quiet and
peaceful ... and they hum.
Llamas are quiet and pleasant to be around, but they make a
variety of interesting noises to communicate and they frequently
11. Every one has a
Llamas can be playful or placid, affectionate or aloof, cooperative
or full of pranks. Each one is an individual.
12. They get along well
with children, they don't bite ...and they're funny.
Llamas are quiet and docile and generally very careful about
bumping into or stepping on people or other animals, and their
placid disposition makes them quite calm when the unexpected
occurs (as it often will with children!). In addition, llamas
have no upper front teeth, so biting isn't one of their usual
behaviors. And if you've never watched a llama take a sunbath
or have a nice relaxing roll in the dirt, you've got plenty
of smiles ahead.