Alpaca Knowledge Test

1.  HISTORY AND BACKGROUND 

Name four members of the South American Camelid family.

1.

2.

3.

4.

Explain the difference between a wild and domestic animal.

Wild: 

Domestic:  

Name four uses for alpacas.     

1.

2.

3.            

 4.          

2.  THE ALPACA AND HIS BEHAVIOR  

An average adult alpaca is _____________ inches tall at the withers.

Where are alpacas missing teeth? _______________________________________.

How many compartments are in an alpaca’s and llama’s stomach? ______________     

Since alpacas and llamas are herd animals, they should always have _________________________________________________________

List two reasons an alpaca might spit?  
___________________________________________________________________


 3. TYPES 

Name the two types of alpacas:

1. 

2.   

Describe the differences between the fleece characteristics of the two types: 

 Huacaya __________________________________________________________ 

 Suri ______________________________________________________________ 

Which type of alpaca might need extra care or consideration due to his different fleece and constitution?    _________________________ 

Name some things you could do to take extra special care of this type of alpaca: _________________________________________________________________ 

Which type of alpaca is more rare?_________________________________________________________________ 

Are these two types of alpacas ever shown in classes together? __________________________________________________________________

4.  CONFORMATION AND CORRECTNESS 

The way an alpaca is put together is called: ______________________________ 

An alpaca with several llama characteristics would be called:  _________________ 

Describe how an alpaca’s front legs should look when viewed from the front and

sides:  _______________________________________________________               

5.  TEMPERAMENT 

Alpacas like all other animals and people have their own ______________________ 

Name three personality characteristics most alpacas share:

                _____________________          

                _____________________  

               _____________________

 6.  PURCHASING AN ALPACA 

Alpacas are good companions and pets because they are (give 2 reasons):

__________________________________________________ 

7.  SHELTER 

How should you provide protection from sun, rain and wind for your alpaca? _________________________________________________________________ 

What type of fencing is NOT safe for an alpaca? _________________________

What size should the openings in your alpaca fence be? __________________________________________________________________ 

What are you trying to fence out or away from your alpacas? _________________________________________________________________ 

8.  DIET      

What are the three main parts of an alpaca’s diet?             

       1. _____________________          

     2. ___________________

     3. ___________________ 

9. GENERAL HEALTH AND MAINTENANCE

 Describe one type of preventive medicine an alpaca owner should use tohelp keep an alpaca healthy (there are many possible answers):

_________________________________________________________________    

VACCINATIONS 

Why do alpacas and llamas need to be vaccinated?__________________________________________________________________       

PARASITES

Worms living inside an alpaca are an example of an ________________________ 

TEETH AND FEET          

List two parts of an alpaca’s foot:        

1. ________________________

2. ________________________ 

How many teeth do alpacas have in the front of their mouth on the bottom? ____ 

HEAT STRESS AND COLD WEATHER

What is the normal temperature of an adult alpaca?__________________________

What type of weather causes the most stress to an alpaca?_____________________________________

What type of feed can you give an alpaca in extremely cold weather to help them stay warm?___________________________________________________________________

10.  ALPACA TRAINING

List two ways to decreast stress on an alpaca while showing the animal:

   1.______________________________________________________

    2.______________________________________________________

If a trainer talks softly to an alpaca, what will probably happen? _________________________________________________________________ 

EQUIPMENT

 Is it acceptable for the trainer to wrap an alpaca’s lead rope around his or herhand? ____________________________________________________________ 

Where should the nose band of a halter lay on an alpaca’s face? __________________________________________________________________

 How far down from the halter should a trainer grip the lead rope? _________________________________________________________________

PROCEDURE     

Should a trainer move fast or slowly around an alpaca and/or a llama to help causethe animal to grow in trust for that trainer? ______________________________ 

List three ways to gain an alpaca’s trust:

1. _______________________________________________________________ 

2. _______________________________________________________________

3. _______________________________________________________________ 

What are the two most important things a trainer can do while working with an alpaca, when teaching him to accept a brush or halter?

1. ___________________________________________

2. __________________________________________

 If an alpaca does not want to walk with its trainer, how might it be encouraged by the trainer doing what? ____________________________________________________________________ 

What  does desensitize mean? ___________________________________________________________________ 

What is the word that means an alpaca’s particular way of lying down? __________________________________________________________________


  11.  FIBER 

1.  Alpacas are prized for their fine _______________?

2. Alpaca fiber is equivalent to ____________________________?

3. Alpaca fiber is surpassed in finess only by the ______________________?

4.  Alpaca wool is __________ times stronger than sheep’s wool?

5. Name the area of the alpaca which produces the finest fiber. ___________________________________________________

6. Alpacas need to be shorn every ___________________ years.

7. One adult alpaca usually produces ________ pounds of prime fleece every year.

8. Alpacas come in ________ natural colors.

One Response to “Alpaca Knowledge Test”

  1. Barb Rimbach Says:

    Wow! there’s certainly a lot to learn about these wonderful animals.

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