Becausetheyarehighly sociableherdanimals,llamasneedthe companionshipofotherllamas. Independentyetshy,llamasaregentle andcurious.Theirgenerallycalmnature andcommonsensemakeatrainedllama easyforanyonetohandleandanexcellent choice for a child's pet and companion.
What sounds do they make?
Llamascommunicatebyhumming.Theyalsoexpressthemselvesthroughaseriesofear,body,andtail postures.Onrareoccasionstheywillalerttheircompanionsandhumankeeperswithadistinctivealarmcalltothepresenceof unfamiliar dogs or other creatures which they perceive as threats. During breeding males make a distinctive orgling sound.
Do they spit?
Llamas will spit at other llamas in order to establish the pecking order within the group, to ward off an unwanted suitor, or to say "Bug off!". A llama who has been mishandled, feels abused, or threatened may occasionally spit at humans.
What are they used for?
ContemporaryNorthAmericanllamasareprimarilyrecreationalanimals.Theyarebredandraised forpacking,woolproduction,cartpulling,animalfacilitatedtherapy,companionanimals,exhibitioninshows,parades andfairs,andguardiansofotherlivestocksuchassheep.Thellamaisbecomingincreasinglypopularasaproject animalfor4-H,Scouts,FFAandotheryouthactivities.Fortheoutdoorenthusiastandathlete,therearenumerous activities and competitive events that team up the llama and his owner. Llamas are great family fun!
Can you use their wool?
Grease-freeandlightweight,llamawooliswarmandluxurious.Avaluable commoditysoughtafterbyfiberartists,suchasweaversandspinners,thewoolisamarketable product for llama owners.