Huacayas currently represent the majority of the alpaca population, accounting for more than 98%. The ideal type has strong legs that give it a slightly stockier appearance as well as dense, crimped fur covering the entire body, from the forehead to the hooves. At the same time, the huacaya is an attractive, well-proportioned animal. Its neck and head comprise about a third of its height. It has black eyes, pricked ears shaped like spears, and a stance that is upright and proud.
High-quality huacaya fleece has a fine, dense texture and grows in a uniform fashion perpendicular to the skin. It covers the entire body apart from the ears and the bridge of the nose. The crimp should be even and visible all over. A good huacaya produces a fine fibre with an even wave, a perfect handle and a wonderful sheen that can compete with the finest cashmere in terms of softness. Breeders generally judge huacayas with respect to the crimp and the fineness of the fur. We believe that the ideal fleece should also exhibit the other qualities mentioned above.