There are two types of alpacas: huacaya and suri. Huacaya are often referred to the fluffy teddy bear looking ones. Suris are sometimes described as having dread locks. It is recommended that when you begin an alpaca farm, you pick one type, so that you can really get to know that type of alpaca well. Now not everyone follows this advice, there are some great farms who started out with both. We started out with huacayas because that is what we were both drawn to at first. That was over five years ago. Over the years we have had concerns that suri alpacas with their long locks might not do well on our dry lot. We also wondered how they would fair in our cold winters. But the truth is that there are suri alpaca farms who dry lot and there are some suri farms near us who do fine in our climate.
So we welcomed Cherry:
And her cria at side, Patty:
Here is the comparison of suri and huacaya:
Did I mention my camera problems :( these pictures aren't great but you would never guess all I went through to get them uploaded here.