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Suris

Suris

The pro­por­tion of suris among the glob­al alpaca pop­u­la­tion is extreme­ly small, at just 1–2%. With­out inter­na­tion­al breed­ing efforts, the species would be in dan­ger of extinc­tion. The ide­al suri is well pro­por­tioned with pow­er­ful legs and an ele­gant appear­ance. As with the hua­caya, the neck and head con­sti­tute around a third of its height. How­ev­er, the head is small and the ears appear to be a cen­time­tre or two longer. The fur even­ly cov­ers the body from head to hooves.

The fleece stands out for its won­der­ful­ly lus­trous, silky dread­locks that fall par­al­lel to the body on either side, thus cre­at­ing a char­ac­ter­is­tic line down the back. Com­pared to the suri’s coat, the long, spi­ral locks are heav­ier and shinier. The twist may be to the right (clock­wise) or to the left (anti­clock­wise). We often use the term ‘pen­cil’ to describe the struc­ture of the fur – it is ide­al­ly well-defined, com­pact and uni­form. The most essen­tial qual­i­ty fea­tures are the unique sheen and an extreme­ly silky touch. The lus­tre is also a key char­ac­ter­is­tic when it comes to breed­ing. Giv­en its lim­it­ed avail­abil­i­ty, a suri fleece can com­mand the high­est prices on the mar­ket today.

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