Crias will just take you to a whole new warm and fuzzy place in time!! Being around the babies makes even the born and raised city folk want to turn country!! Alpacas are a docile and quiet animal...except with each other if someone is hogging the food bin. They can spit like llamas, but rarely spit at humans....unless you are between the two squabbling...then, yes, you may take a direct hit.
They spit at each other when they are arguing over someone's space. The crias are born any time of the year. Females can be bred by introducing a male and putting them together to start her cycling. She will carry her cria from 11 months to 12 months. For the safety of the cria, it is better to have them born in the late spring to early fall. They are up and nursing in the first hour and then they are
up and checking everything out! For some reason, alpacas seem to really have a thing for cats. Now, dogs are another thing. Dogs must bring out the protective instinct in mom. She will go after and try and stomp any dog that comes into the area. Dogs need to be introduced very carefully if at all.
You will find that when you first start raising these gentle creatures that your camera will never be far away! I have more pictures of these cuties than I do of my only child!!