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Alpacas As Pets

Alpacas By The Sea specializes in alpaca sales, herdsire services, alpaca workshops and everything about alpacas. As fully experienced California alpaca breeders we provide workshops and training to educate you in alpaca care and breeding.  We have been breeding alpacas for more than eleven years.  Our ranch is home to both South American Camelid breeds; the Huacaya and the Suri and features alpacas of every price range, quality and value.  We offer the very best in alpaca sales and services. Alpacas By The Sea is a member of AOBA, Calpaca & SoCalpaca.?

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Alpacas can make great pets! If you have simply fallen in love with an alpaca but can't afford the investment costs related to breeding, registration, etc. then perhaps a pet alpaca is the answer. However, before rushing out to purchase that pet alpaca there are a few things you must keep in mind. First, alpacas are herd animals and must share a pen with another alpaca, so two alpacas is the first requirement. Secondly, make certain that the temperament of the alpacas you are purchasing is normal and you are not taking on an alpaca with a problem temperament. 

Alpacas designated as pet quality can range in price from $500 and up, about the same price as an AKC puppy. Also, if you are interest in a Companion Quality (Pet Quality) alpaca for fleece or spinning purposes, this may be the very way to do this. Consequently, because they are considered pet quality does not mean their fleece is of high micron count. It can mean only that this alpaca has a conformational problem. For example, a blue-eyed alpaca is frequently considered to be at risk of deafness, or some other congenital defect may appear in the history of the pedigree. As a result these alpacas are removed from the breeding pool and deemed Pet Quality.

If you are considering purchasing an alpaca as a pet consider gelding the male of two years old or above, in order to maintain a mellow disposition and temperament. Gelding is not recommended on a male alpacas prior to the age of two due to complications in the growth process. Other than the cost of gelding, keeping a couple of alpacas as pets can be done quite inexpensively. The expenses you can expect are annual vet exams, vaccinations, worming, shearing, feed costs and supplements to the feed. We have experience that a pet dog or cat can end up being more expensive than two alpacas.

Wondering how your children will interact with the alpacas? Well alpacas seem to have an affinity for children and children seem to return the same with the alpacas. Children can learn the basics about caring for a pet, as well as becoming involved with 4H groups and developing a lifelong interest in animals.

For more information about pet alpacas, contact us. 

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Alpacas By The Sea
P. O. Box 371628
1162 Tamarind St.
Montara, CA 94037
(650) 728-LUCK
Fax: (650) 515-3000
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