Alpacas are the smaller version of the llama, and share a similar history. Being diminutive in size, they are more valued as a fiber animal than a beast of burden. Alpacas come in two distinct breeds: Suri and Huacaya. Suri animals has long, crimpy, shiny fiber that falls in individual locks and gives the animal a “skinnier” appearance. Huacaya alpacas have “fluffier” hair that grows away from their bodies, similar to sheep. Alpaca fiber is even softer than that of the llama, but is available in all of the same colors and patterns of the llama.