Alpacas can live indoors comfortably as household pets provided they have proper care and attention.
However raising alpacas as household pets are an exception to the rule as most alpacas prefer to live outside
This is because as animals that live outside they thrive and are quite happy to live outside unless bad weather forces them to take shelter indoors.
Most alpacas can definitely live indoors provided they are well taken care off.
But one thing you should know is that alpacas are herd animals – they want to be outside with their adopted herds, get plenty of attention outside and also get plenty of time outside.
But there are some that live indoors – like one on my farm who we call Cody.
Don’t get me wrong, Cody lives indoors and still gets to go outside and play with the other farm animals but she is basically an indoor alpaca.
This is because Cody was born prematurely and will most likely never grow to be a full alpacas.
As a result of this, she has been made an indoor alpacas due to the specialized care that she needs.
Related: Check out this article that shows you where alpacas live
Can Alpacas Live in the house?
Alpacas can be great indoor pets as long as they get enough outside time and attention.
One alpaca, named Alfie, was adopted as a pet in South Australia by a man named Jeff.
Today, Alfie lives with his family indoors – although even they admit that Alfie spends most of his days grazing on their backyard lawn.
Alfie is house-trained to a degree, too.
He’s chosen the middle of the backyard lawn as his dung heap.
If Alfie is left inside for a while, he’ll “hold it” until he can get outside to relieve himself.
Alfie used to sleep outside – but now he sleeps inside next to Jeff like a dog would.
Alfie and Jeff are also on Instagram.
You can check them out under their handle @alfie_the_alpaca_in_adelaide.
Apparently pet alpacas are cool in Adelaide because there’s another pet alpaca there who’s also popular on Instagram.
Chewpaca the alpaca goes on some pretty awesome-looking adventures with his teenage owner.
Their Instagram handle is @chew_paca if you want to check them out.
I did notice that their latest gram is from 2019.
So perhaps Chewpaca’s adventures as an indoor pet have changed.
What do alpacas need to live?
Alpacas are basically friendly, herbivores that do not need much to grow and live
Because these animals are environmentally friendly and require so little pasture and food, you can usually raise from two to eight alpacas on an acre of land, depending on terrain, rain/snowfall amounts, availability of pasture, access to fresh water, etc.
They can also be raised on a dry lot and fed grass hay.
This basically means that you can start raising alpacas without getting specialized housing equipment.
Alpacas can be raised in very small expanse of land – all they require is a place to sleep, feed and some little room to move around.
Check out this article that shows where does an alpaca live?
Can Alpacas be Kept Alone?
Alpacas are very social within their own herd, and you never want to keep an alpaca by itself.
“We generally tell people you should never have fewer than three alpacas at a time because they have a hierarchical structure in their herds
They’re matriarchal, so even if you have a gelded male in with the females, the female would be boss.
Within a herd of males, there will always be a leader of that group as well.
One alpaca would get sick and die if it was alone.
If you have two, you always have one that’s in charge and one that gets bossed around.
With three, there will be a leader, but the other two know more what their role is — a herd with three or more is just happier and more settled.”
Alpacas like to spend their time within family units — sisters, mothers and babies will often all hang out together within the herd.
The mothers are pregnant for almost a year and are very attentive to their babies, nursing them for six to eight months before they’re weaned.
Here is an article I wrote showing if alpacas and goats can live together
Do Alpacas die of loneliness?
Yes an alpaca can die of loneliness if it is separated from others like it.
They are herd animals and their social structure requires that they live in the company of other alpacas. An alpaca will be lonely, and may even sicken and die if taken away to live by itself.
An alpacas can totally live indoors but on special conditions
Alpacas are herd animals that enjoy living outside on their own.
Just make sure to allow them have their freedom to play and grow outside and you will have healthy animals when the time comes for harvesting.