A. Most alpacas make very good pets if they are treated well and the
owners are realistic in their expectations. Like any livestock, the more
handling they receive as youngsters, the quieter they are as adults. Given
time, most alpacas will eat out of your hand and training them to lead by a
halter is a straightforward process.
Alpacas generally don't like being held and are particularly sensitive to being
touched on the head. They are naturally curious and intelligent and if you let
them approach you, rather than rush at them and expect an affectionate
response, the interactions can be very rewarding.
It is possible to have a single alpaca, but it is not a pleasant existence for
the animal. Alpacas are herd animals and are instinctively gregarious, as are
other domestic livestock. They obtain security and contentment from having at
least one other alpaca for company.
For this reason, it is usually recommended that two alpacas is the desirable