What is the Difference between an Alpaca and a Llama?

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In the heart of Colorado the National Western Stock Show takes place, where visitors and participants from all over America come.   When touring the many buildings housing animals, arts,

In the heart of Colorado the National Western Stock Show takes place, where visitors and participants from all over America come.   When touring the many buildings housing animals, arts, and much more there were two mammals that fluffed out the most.

The Alpaca and the Llama are both bred for showing and their fleece.   Jill, a Llama owner explained that they use a blow dryer to fluff the Llama’s coat out, add a silky conditioner, and then bathe them in preparation for a show.   Terra, an Alpaca owner mentioned that a Llama is bigger, about twice the size of an Alpaca and their fleece is different.

The Llama has a coarse coat as an outer shell with finer hair underneath and it is straighter than the dense and soft fibers of an Alpaca.  They are both closely related from South America, being domesticated over 5,000 years ago, both originating from the Camel family, yet neither sporting bumpy backs.   Way back when, the Alpaca was bred for its fleece while the Llama was a pack animal.   Now, both the Alpaca and the Llama are easily trained making for good companions in the show business.

To find out more about Alpacas, Llamas, and many more animals and exhilarating fun go spend a day at the National Western Stock Show and spend a day in the country life!