NOTE: Pet Quality does not necessarily mean the alpaca is friendly like a puppy dog. Alpacas in general are more cat-like in their temperament, and really do not preferred to be overly handled. Alpacas are a social animal and can become depressed or very stressed if they are not with others of the same species. It is important to keep alpacas and/or llamas in herds of no less than 3, with 5 or more being optimal for their social and overall health and well-being.
CARE: It is necessary that you and your family are willing to care for the alpacas health monthly, which includes an Ivermectin injection once every 30 days to protect the alpaca from Meningeal infection. Adequate shelter (3-sided shed), alpaca specific food (soft 2nd or 3rd cutting grass hay, pasture, minerals), fresh water, and fencing (keeping dogs away) and once yearly shearing is required. Fans in the heat of the summer, fresh clean water daily, and a good 2nd cutting hay free choice. It is also very important to have a knowledgeable camelid veterinarian nearby.
Double 8 Alpaca Ranch will offer mentoring to new alpaca owners. The continued care of the animals after they leave our farm is important to us.
PRICE RANGE: Call to discuss price ranges 703-628-1930
We offer production females, herd sires, stud services, and non breeders for sale.
We tend to shy away from calling alpacas "pets" as it's our belief alpacas and llamas are livestock and should be kept in herds. Alpaca and llamas are more cat-like in their temperaments and do not care to be petted or hugged. Alpacas do have varying temperaments like every other livestock species. In general, an alpaca that is tolerant of being petted or hugged without exhibiting dangerous behaviors towards their human is very rare. With all this said, our alpacas have varying temperaments and about 1/10 of our herd will approach us for the occasional treat. A properly socialized alpaca will not disrespect your personal space. Any animal (dog, horse, goat, sheep, alpaca, llama) that pushes into your space, gets into your face, or bops into you may have been over handled as a young animal, not taught proper boundaries, and may even view humans as part of their herd which can become dangerous towards humans especially if they are mature males.
Most of our alpacas and llamas are halter trained. We halter train our alpacas and llamas for the following reasons:
1. Management: A haltered alpaca or llama can be easier to manage during herd health days, when an animal is sick and needs to visit a veterinarian, or if needed to be moved or evacuated.
2. Attend Shows: Depending on how well the alpaca or llama excepts the halter training process and how well they lead on halter will determine if we decide to take them off farm to attend shows. If an alpaca or llama is too nervous, we will show their fleece once its shorn instead of taking them off farm.
3. 4H and Trekking: Alpacas or llamas tolerant to walking on lead and doing obstacles are used by our non-ownership 4H members and will be used for our future trekking (hiking) trips.