I have been told that too much handling is not
good for herdsires, that you should keep them aloof and show
them no affection, or it could affect their performance as a
herdsire. But then I see herdsires advertised as being sweet
and affectionate. Is there any truth to this? If so, how much
is too much and just how should they be handled?
think that the issue is too much or too little
handling, it is the kind of handling you do. In my
opinion, creating cuddly alpacas of either sex is
problematic. Alpacas that are in your face, chew on
your clothes, and rub on you, are being
disrespectful-they are touching you rather than the
other way around. If they are not corrected, these
alpacas may become aggressive or spoiled.
Handling young males in a way that engenders respect
and confidence is appropriate and useful. It is
really important to handle males, in particular, in
a way that does NOT rely on physical superiority.
Grab your males around the neck, wrestle them to
halter them, or to trim their toenails, and they
will eventually figure out that they have a
"fighting" chance of breaking away from you. This is
a bad thing to teach any alpaca, particularly a
Create confidence and obedience by using
progressively more difficult obstacles. This will
get your male alpacas comfortable with handling and
preserve their respect for humans.