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Duke

 

Hi Trl The Duke

ILR # 289527

male  b. 06.28.2016

Hi Trl Daniel Jackson x Queen of BT and Evaine

Duke is a serious dude. He unquestioningly takes on responsibility beyond his years ... and sometimes you can read the burden in his eyes. That serious bent also means it's easy for pasturemates to push Duke's buttons, so Duke prefers interacting with humans. Jim is his human partner, and Longmire is his yearmate and sole llama buddy (the rest are regarded with suspicion). Duke loves cookies, but will do his best to figure out even the scariest things he's asked to do without any incentive other than just being asked.

Duke not only has a nice Classic coat and a level head, but also excellent bone and rather nice gaits. He has plenty of zip and energy when it's required; unlike Longmire, he simply controls that ... it's the responsible (and efficient) thing to do. Duke should be an outstanding packing partner for many years to come, especially considering that he has a great deal of longevity in his ancestry. After he matures, we anticipate making him available for outside breedings when he's not busy packing.

Although he has one ancestor we have avoided in the past, after extensive scrutiny and careful evaluation, we determined that Duke does not have any of the highly typical (and detrimental) traits that concerned us. Because these traits were extremely prepotent, showing up in most direct offspring, their absence is virtual assurance that they are not hiding in Duke's genes, and on that basis we felt comfortable adding Duke to our breeding herd. Had Longmire not been his buddy and currently bonded to Duke, we would have passed on Duke rather than taking that second, intensive look ... and we would have missed out on a spectacular, level-headed fellow.

Another "theme" name from Highline Trail Llamas — 2016 males were named for tough western characters; "The Duke" refers to John Wayne. We aren't crazy about that, but Duke knows his name and so he keeps it.