Discussion in 'Camelids' started by thebladeofblack, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. thebladeofblack

    thebladeofblack Active Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    Hi, I was wondering the advantages to camels over horses? And do you need a permit to keep them? And is it true that their mean?
  2. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

    May 11, 2002
    Now in Virginia
    Each State is different to wether you can keep a camel or not.

    I took care of a Baby Camel, when I worked with a Zoo for a short time, way back when.
    Double hump one.... liked me so much... it only wanted me to feed it.
    If I could of brought that one home, I would of.

    Camels are a lot rougher ride than horses.... I would recommend riding one, so you can feel the difference for yourself.

  3. Cygnet

    Cygnet Well-Known Member Supporter

    Sep 13, 2004
    Middle of nowhere along the Rim, Arizona
    I looked at getting a camel at one point -- my horse had died and sand colic was a possibility. Where I lived was sand, sand, and more sand. Camels are a lot less likely to croak from ingesting sand. I wanted an animal that could cover long distances, was heat tolerant, and was going to be fun to ride. (Apparently, they have better dispositions than most people think.)

    One issue I found was that there was only one vet in the area who was willing to care for one, and she was out of the country a lot. Most vets haven't a clue. It's worse than trying to find a goat vet.

    The other issue is that they are quite tall and won't fit well in most horse trailers. I would likely have had to get an old open top stock trailer or a very expensive extra-tall trailer. I cannot imagine the traffic jam hauling a camel down the road in a stock trailer would have caused. (I get people chasing me and taking pictures when I have the goats in the bed of my pickup!)

    I was also told by the breeder I talked to that their feet don't handle rocky ground well. They're great in sand, not so much on the sharp rocks that are common in this state.

    (I have never, note, owned a camel. For confirmation of this information and specifics, I'd suggest seeking out an experienced breeder or trainer. This is just what I figured out when trying to decided if I really wanted a camel. Due to the lack of a vet I could rely on, and trailer issues, I decided not to. I still think it would have been fun to trot down country roads on the back of a great big camel, though. -- And as bergere said, they are a different kind of ride than a horse. They go side to side more and are bumpier, and if you get a one humped camel, you're sitting waaaay back over the hind end.)
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  4. KIT.S

    KIT.S Well-Known Member Supporter

    Oct 8, 2008
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
    There have been camels in Oregon, but I haven't seen any lately. They drool. A lot.
  5. lasergrl

    lasergrl Lasergrl Supporter

    Nov 24, 2007
    Geauga County, Ohio
    The intact males drool alot. You dont want one of those. Not so much geldings or cows. Lovely temperaments on a bottle babies. Nothing like llamas or alpacas. Much more touchy feely.
  6. troy n sarah tx

    troy n sarah tx Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    They made the news here in Texas a month or so ago, because an owner and his wife got trampled to death by a intact male who was protecting the females who were in heat. Very sad story.
  7. Agriculture

    Agriculture Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2015
    If you have experience with animal training and behavior, undertanding how to read and respond to camels is more intuitive than with most other species, sometimes even dogs. Of course you don't want an intact bull to work with one on one, but is there any other large livestock that is any different? A friend who grew up training horses now breeds and trains mostly camels, and he says that it takes a month to train a horse what a camel can learn in a day, and if you teach a new behavior then stop training for a month the camel will still remember it, while the horse will behave as if he's never heard of it.

    The veterinarian issue is not that difficult. All it takes is finding one who is interested in trying. Most of the techniques, vaccinations and drugs used on camels are the same as are already used in other species. They just need to know which apply to camels and which don't. There are a few who have a lot of experience with camels who are very willing to consult with and give advice to other veterinarians. Thinking that a veterinarian doesn't have a clue simply because he hasn't had any experience with camels is not exactly the best way to attract one who will be interested in trying to work with you. Being a knowledgeable owner who knows how to restrain his own animal will go a long way too.

    The trailer issue can be a problem, and most adults do require an 8' high trailer. Yes, the ride is not very smooth, but in the US and other developed countries most camel saddles are designed to sit up on top of the hump, not behind.
  8. JJ Grandits

    JJ Grandits Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    New york
    I worked with a Camel once.
    Lets just say that God was in a bad mood when he made them.
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  9. outgunu

    outgunu Active Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    When I was in Saudi Arabia you would see Camels laying down facing the rear in the beds of Toyota pick-up trucks driving down the street daily. With there legs folded under them they pretty much fill up the entire bed. No need for a trailer.
  10. dyrne

    dyrne Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2015
    Hey they evolved originally in North American forests. I say go for it. We've a farm near me that has them on one of our common highways. You constantly see people driving by doing a doubletake and swerving as they encounter the camels.
  11. Wyobuckaroo

    Wyobuckaroo Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2011
    Far North Canada
    In the 1870 a number of camels were brought in to be used to ride and pack to the gold fields in this are..
    Many went feral for a number of reasons and none have been seen since the 1920s or so..

    People we know from Australia and people from here who have been there say wild camel is very good meat.
  12. altair

    altair Well-Known Member

    Jul 23, 2011