Differences Between the Alpaca and Llama


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Many people believe that Alpacas and Llamas are the same animal.  They both belong to the Camelid family, and both are from the Andean Mountain countries of Peru, Chile and Bolivia of South America. Alpacas and Llamas can be traced back to the period of the Incas but that is where the similarities stop.  The Alpaca is a descendant of the Vicuna. Llamas are descendants of the Guanaco.

The Incas raised the Alpaca to produce a luxury fiber.  This fiber was so highly valued that only royalty wore garments made from the fiber.  Llamas were bred to be “pack” animals, like their cousins the camel, for food and fuel. Llamas are also very good guard animals for Alpacas and sheep. Although these animals are related and come from the same areas, they are very different. 

The following details the differences between the Alpaca and Llama.

                          ALPACA                                                                                       LLAMA


*Weight:  100 – 180 lbs.



*Weight:  250 – 450 lbs. (twice as large as the  Alpaca).






                                                                     *Height: 5′ from top of head







                                                       *Height: 6′ from top of head



                                                                   *Ears:  Spear shaped





                                                        *Ears:  Large and banana shaped.




 ·Silky, very soft, dense, and smooth to the touch

 ·The fiber is unusually strong, very resilient and its superior quality prozed in finished garments


·22 colors

·An Alpaca can produce up to 13lbs of fiber each.






     ·A coarse outer coat with guard hairs, and a shorter, finer, undercoat

     ·Coarse fiber used for rope, rugs, etc.

     ·5 major colors

     ·A Llama only produces about 4lbs of fiber each




                                                                 *Land space: 5 – 8 animals per acre.




                                                        *Land space: 4 – 5 animals per acre.



                                                          *Breeding: Females can breed as early as 1 year, but usually around 18 mos


                                                  *Breeding: Females are not bred until they are 2 years old

                                                           *Climate: Can live at elevations as high as 12,000 ft


                                                    *Climate: Prefer to be at elevations less than 8,000 ft




7 Responses to “Differences Between the Alpaca and Llama”

  1. Josephine Says:

    Thanks for a this interesting information which is also very educational. Now I know all about Alpacas and Llamas! (I’m an Australian).

  2. tessa Says:

    thank you for the information on the llama and alpaca chart. i am doing a project on it and it is PERFECT for the assignment.
    soo, if yu have anymore things comparing the two animals; give me a shout out.
    chao babii.

  3. Monica Says:

    Never had alpacas and only some experience with llamas, but in my opinion, alpacas are much easier to get along with. Llamas are like cats…..they tolerate us but could get along just fine without us!!!

  4. carol Says:

    i recently visited Pa and saw what i thought was an alpaca but after visiting your site found out it was a llama!! they are beautiful animals.

  5. jen phillips Says:

    I have been trying to get my daughter to look into these cute amimals she liles lamas.

  6. cheryl Says:

    is an Alpaga the same as an Alpaca?

  7. Mini Aslanoğlu Says:

    Great information!
    Thank you very much.

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