Alpacas are fluffy camel-like critters which people keep as companion animals. They have a cat-like attitude towards humans: somewhat timid but very curious and intelligent. Alpacas look like they have dreadlocks running down their bodies and you will surely want to pat them but you would rather not. They do not like to be held and patted. We have put together cute and funny names which will suit your alpaca.
The Importance of Naming Your Pet
Naming a pet or even a wild animal is important especially when it comes to unlocking our empathy toward them. By simply learning a stranger’s name, we are capable of changing that person into someone that is worthy of our decency. The same empathizing effect of knowing a person’s name also applies to animals, both wild and domesticated. By naming a pet or other animal, we can distinguish them from a generalized animal to an individualized companion or even friend. For the same reason it is no surprise that our pets easily gained access to our affection and empathy that we normally reserved only for our own kind once we named them. Therefore, naming your pet or companion alpaca will have the same effect. You should consider your alpaca as one of your family members that needs a name. Naming the alpaca will result in it being watched and tended to more carefully and as a result, it will make the animal less stressed. In general naming an alpaca whether wild or domesticated is good for the animal’s welfare. Besides, research has proven that naming an animal moves people to better conserve and care more for animals.
Cute Alpaca Names
Fluffy: The name fluffy is a cute choice for an alpaca, as these creatures have curly adorable fair which has a lot of volume, making the animal fluffier. This name will suit your alpaca.
Sunshine: The sunshine is associated with brightness and good things. This name will suit your beautiful alpaca.
Buddy: If you have an alpaca for a pet, then the name Buddy will suit him. This is an informal term for companion.
Hairy: An alpaca is covered in long curly hair, therefore, the name Hairy will suit him.
Atwood: This is a cute name to give to your alpaca and it will suit him if he is brown. The name Atwood is inspired by a Canadian poet
Alpy: If you shorten the term alpacas, you get Alpy, a cute name for your alpaca.
Snowball: This is a perfect name to give to a white alpaca.
Here are other cute names suitable for your alpaca.
- Al Nino
- Al Capone
- Al Fred
- Alpac Shakur
- Al Catraz
- Al Phabet
The Two Different Breeds Of Alpaca
When it comes to this type of animal there is only one species of alpaca but two fleece types or two breeds. These two breeds are the huacaya and suri alpacas breeds. The huacaya breed is usually described as looking like a teddy bear and the suri fleece type is described as looking like it has dreadlocks. Apparently, suri alpaca is more difficult to handle, but for some there is no difference between the two types of breeds when it comes to training them. When it comes to the main differences between the Suri and Huacaya breeds, the type of fleece they grow is the major difference. Huacaya fleece is much softer and fluffy. The fleece grows straight out from the body in tightly crimped curls that intertwine, thus providing excellent cold-weather protection. The Suri alpacas have longer fleece that grows downward in curled like locks that look almost like a curtain, plus the fleece has a smoother feel than Huacaya fleece. Suris often look much smaller than Huacayas because their fleece does not fluff out but, the alpacas are all the same size under all that fleece. Since the two breeds have different fleece textures, the fibre is used for slightly different uses. Both types are much softer than sheep wool, making them perfect for clothing that touches the skin. Huacaya fleece is used for clothes such as socks, mittens as well as sweaters.
Funny Alpaca Names
Funny names are never a bore; they are attractive, so here are some funny names for your alpaca.
Chewpacca: An alpaca is a ruminant and it chews the cud like a cow.
Rasta: If your alpaca has fine fibre growing downwards making it appear to hang in dreadlocks form its body; why not name him Rasta after the famous affiliation of dreadlock keeping people in Africa.
Softy: Alpacas are calm animals; they do not possess teeth, horns, hooves or claws to do any harm.
Spitfire: Spitfire is a funny name for your alpaca, it makes them seem as if they are dragons, which they are not. This name is apt because alpacas spit partially digested grass which is not pleasant smelling.
NotaLlama: This is a funny alpaca name which will definitely suit your pet. The name is self-explanatory, Not-a-Llama. A llama is a mammal that looks similar to the alpaca.
Alpapella: You can pun the word acapella, by adding an alpaca to it, so that it becomes Alpapella, a funny name for your alpaca.
Cookie Monster: An alpaca is a calm animal who can never do you any harm. Naming him Cookie Monster is ironic to an alpaca’s personality.
Below are other funny alpaca names you might like.
- Muddy Buddy
- Apla Cake
- Alpaca Lips
- Bear Bear
Fascinating Facts About Alpaca
Just like llamas, alpacas are believed to have been domesticated for more than 6,000 years ago by the Incas, who reared them for expensive fleece. At that time, alpaca fiber was reserved for the elite and noble because of its high quality and versatility. Another interesting fact about alpacas is that therapy alpacas are becoming more common in hospitals, health care facilities, as well as retirement homes all over the world. Interestingly, alpacas are known to make great hiking partners and bedside companions. One unusual alpaca behaviour is the animal’s tendency to use a communal dung pile. These animals are quite smart. They make us of only a few places in the pasture, or in the wild, defecating and they do this in tidy mounds that are located away from where they graze. Due to their predisposition to defecating in designated areas, others have been successfully house-trained. Alpacas can be found on commercial farms, whilst others are kept as pets. Just like llamas alpacas can live for about 20 years. Another fascinating fact about alpacas is that these animals have strong herding instincts. The best way to keep them is with a companion.
Good Alpaca Names
Traditional alpaca names are usually good enough for a pet alpaca. Here are some good names for your pet.
Alphonsus: This is a good name with the Alp from the term alpaca. Alphonsus means ‘nobleman,’ and it suits an alpaca.
Einstein: An alpaca is an intelligent animal; therefore, the name Einstein is appropriate for it.
Alpacaccino: If you pun the word cappuccino, you get Alpacaccino, a good name for your alpaca. This name is perfect for your dark grey alpaca.
Alpacasso: You can consider naming your alpaca, Alpacasso after the popular alpacas’ fluffy toy sold on Amazon.
Alpine Bear: You can also name your alpaca after the Alpine Bear, that is cute and fluffy too.
Fluffy: Fluffy is a good name for your alpaca whose fur makes her cute and fluffy.
Apricot: You can name your alpaca after the orange coloured tasty apricot fruit.
We have listed other good alpaca names below.
- Al Jazeera
Alpacas are able to live in a wide range of habitats, such as the high and dry Atacama Desert in northern Chile or the wet and stormy Tierra del Fuego in the southern tip of the continent. Alpacas can also be found in the Andes, at elevations of up to 15,750 feet. These animals, are very adaptable plus they have been exported all over the world, to countries such as the United States, New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands, and have thrived in all those areas. However, their habitat is often a farmland. Currently, 99 percent of the world population of alpacas can be found in South America. Alpacas are known to be very social creatures. They are regarded as gentle and curious and with training they can become great pets. They are able to thrive in herds that include animals of different species or taxonomic families, including llamas, goats as well as sheep.
Female Alpaca Names
A female alpaca is called a hembra. If you are looking for names for your hembra, we have suggested a number of names that will suit your alpaca.
Jellybean: Jellybeans are sugar candies with a thick interior. The name Jellybean is apt for your sweet looking alpaca.
Goldilocks: If your female alpaca has long curled up furs which look like dreadlocks, name her Goldilocks. The name will suit her if the colour of her fur is a shade of gold.
Smooches: Smooches is a good name for your hembra since she is so cute, you would want to cuddle her.
Fantasy: Fantasy is a perfect name for your female alpaca. Snuggling your alpaca remains a fantasy as she is very sensitive and should not be touched.
Cherry: You can consider naming your hembra Cherry, especially if her coat is reddish-brownish.
Alpbella: This name is perfect for your alpaca. The name is derived from an Asian dish and its name is a combination of the word ‘Alpa’ and ‘Bella.’
Lilly: This is a good name for your alpaca who is as beautiful as a lily flower.
Below are more names for female alpacas.
The behavioural Patterns Of Alpacas
When threatened or distressed alpacas spit. Sometimes they will spit at each other when they compete for food or when they try to establish dominance over each other. Alpacas will not spit at people or bite unless they are abused. These animals hum and when they do they make a “mmm,” sound. When danger is present these animals, also shriek and make a sound similar to a “wark” noise when they are excited. Alpacas also make fighting male screams, or make a warbling bird-like cry. These animals breed once a year, and as livestock they are regularly induced to breed at any time. The gestation period for a female alpaca is 242 to 345 days and this animal gives birth to just one offspring. Also, the birth process can take up to seven hours. The baby, known as a cria, can weigh between 18 to 20 lbs when it is born. The cria is weaned after 6 to 8 months, and the females become ready to reproduce at 12 to 15 months. Males, on the other hand take a little longer to mature and only become ready to mate at 30 to 36 months. When it comes to their lifespan these animals can live up to 20 years.
Male Alpaca Names
A male alpaca is called a macho. If you enjoy naming your pets according to their gender and you are looking for the best name to give to your macho, here are nice names to consider.
Danger: The name danger is a cute and funny name for your male alpaca. It is ironic since alpacas are not really dangerous but it is appropriate because they are very sensitive animals and they do not respond well to being touched.
Alpacaman: Alpacaman is a good name for your macho. The name is a combination of ‘alpaca’ and ‘man.’
Al Bino: If your male alpaca is white, name him Al Bino.
ElPaca: ElPaca is a Spanish pun made by combining ‘el,’ which translates to ‘the,’ and alpaca to get ElPaca, a cute name for your male alpaca.
Foxx: Foxes are cute and furry too, therefore, the name Foxx is apt for a macho.
Ash: Ash is a short and catchy name for a macho. This name is short for Ashley and it will also suit a grey alpaca.
Meka: This name is cute and it is a good male alpaca name which translates to ‘soft.’
We have put together a list of other male alpaca names.
- Alpac Shakur
- Alpaca Stan
- Al Monda
- Al fredo
- Al Right
- Al Be Back
Fluffy Alpaca Names
Bunny: A bunny is a rabbit, and it is fluffy just like an alpaca, so this name is apt for your pet.
Woolly: Woolly is an ideal name for an alpaca. The name will suit her since
Fuzzy Wuzzy: Fuzzy Wuzzy is a great name for a furry creature, so it is appropriate for your alpaca.
Pup Fluff: The name Pup Fluff is apt for your alpaca. Pup is short for puppy, since an alpaca is adorable like a puppy but it has more fluff.
Admiral Fluff: An alpaca is adorable and its long fur makes it cuter, therefore, Admiral Fluff is the name for it.
Fleecy: Alpacas are raised for their fleece and that is their primary purpose; the name Fleece is appropriate for your alpaca.
Snuggles: If you think of patting and nuzzling your alpaca, name her Snuggles; the name will stick.
Here are more ideas which describe the alpaca’s furry nature.
Peruvian Names for Alpacas
Peruvian alpacas are common in some parts of Chile.
Chile: Chile sounds like the right name for a peruvian alpacas.
Alpaca Pun Names
If you want a pun name for your alpaca, here is a list of alpaca puns you might like.
- Al Fredo
- Al Nino
- Al Bundy
- Al Abaster
- Ala Kaline
- Al ternative
- Al Catraz
- Al Veoli
- Al Minium
- Al Ron Hubbard
Cool Alpaca Names
Nature, food, similar animals and pet behaviour bring cool ideas for alpaca. We have compiled a list of cool names which you will like for your alpaca.
Mullido: This is a cool name for your alpaca. Mullido is Spanish for ‘fluffy.’
Puffin: Puffin sounds like puffy, and it makes a cool name for your alpaca.
Rudolph: You can name your alpaca after the famous reindeer character Rudolph; the name will stick.
Curly: If your alpaca is a Suri, then the name Curly will suit her since they have curly fur.
Below are other cool names for your alpaca.
- 50 Scent
- Droolius Caesar
- Oscar Mayer
Red Alpaca Names
If you are looking for a name that emphasizes the colour of your alpaca, here are a few suggested names.
Can The Alpaca’s Dung Be Used for Manure?
Alpacas deposit pellet-like manure which are easy to clean up. The manure from alpacas is low in nitrogen and it is a must for the garden.