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Alpaca Terminology

Alpaca Terminology

Huacaya (wah-KI-ya) - The “teddy bear” alpaca, whose full coat presents a round woolly appearance. The Huacaya fleece is crimped and very dense.

Suri (SIR-ee) - The alpaca with dreadlocks. The Suri has long, non-crimped, lustrous “pencils” growing downward.

Cria (KREE-ah) - Baby alpaca 0-6 months of age.

Weanling - 6-12 months of age.

Yearling - 12 months to 2 years of age.

Adult, Mature - 2 years of age and over.

Maiden - Unproven, breeding age female.

Junior Herd Sire - Unproven, breeding age male.

Herd Sire - Proven, breeding age male. 

Unproven - Hasn't produced offspring.

Proven - Has produced offspring.

Absorb - Loss of pregnancy in early months.

Orgle - The sound a male alpaca makes while breeding a female. 

Alarm Call - Alert or warning sound.  High pitched whistle.

Hum - Hmmmmmm . . . . Sound alpacas make when they perceive things to be "not quite right."

Scream - Screech alpacas make when they are fighting or fussing.

Pronking - Running and hopping in the air with all 4 feet off the ground at once.  Picture  "Pepe le Pew" above.

Spit - Partially digested stomach contents.

Cush - Sitting/Lying down with all 4 legs tucked up under their body.

Agist - Boarding alpacas off your property.

Skirting - Preparing fleece sheared off the alpaca for show or processing.







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