One of the most critical decisions an aspiring alpaca breeder can make is what kind of alpacas to raise. There are two types of alpaca, Huacaya (Wa-kee-a) and Suri (Sur-ee). Huacayas are the “teddy bear” alpaca, whose full coat presents a round and soft appearance. The huacaya fleece is crimped, very dense and covers all 22 colors recognized by AOBA (The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association). Huacayas account for approximately 90 percent of the alpacas registered in the
Suri fiber is reportedly harder to process within the fiber mills, so you may want to take this into consideration. Also, we felt the suri was a niche within a niche when we started, so we decided to go with huacayas. However, there are many successful farms raising suris.