How Tall Are Alpacas at the Head?
Alpacas are a domesticated species of South American camelid, and they are known for their luxurious fleece. They come in a variety of colors, including white, brown, gray, and black. Alpacas are typically smaller than llamas, and they have a more delicate frame. But how tall are alpacas at the head?
Average Height of an Alpaca
The average height of an alpaca is between 36 and 46 inches (91 to 117 cm) at the withers (the highest point on the back). This is measured from the ground to the top of the shoulder blades. The average weight of an adult alpaca is between 150 and 200 pounds (68 to 91 kg).
Variations in Height
Alpacas come in two distinct breeds: Huacaya and Suri. Huacaya alpacas tend to be shorter than Suri alpacas, with Huacaya males averaging around 36 inches (91 cm) tall at the head and Suri males averaging around 42 inches (107 cm) tall at the head. Females of both breeds tend to be slightly shorter than males.
In addition to breed differences, there can also be variations in height due to age and nutrition. Younger alpacas tend to be shorter than adults, while well-fed animals may grow taller than those that are not receiving adequate nutrition.