An Introduction to Alpacas: The Habits and Wool of These Surprising Animals

An Introduction to Alpacas: The Habits and Wool of These Surprising Animals

At PAIRS we are often asked about alpacas. Alpacas are one of the most interesting and unique animals on the planet. Interestingly you can see them in very small herds all over the UK but they are native to South America and have been used by humans for their wool for centuries. Here is everything you need to know about these amazing creatures.....

The joy of alpaca

Alpacas are part of the camelid family, which includes llamas, vicunas, and guanacos. They are native to Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile. Alpacas were first domesticated by the Inca people over 6000 years ago. The alpaca wool was used to make clothing and blankets for the royal families. It was the original luxury fibre!


Over the centuries, alpacas have been exported all over the world for their luxurious wool. The alpaca fibre is very soft and lightweight, making it perfect for socks and other garments. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in sustainable and ethical fashion. As a result, there is now a global market for alpaca yarn that is sourced


Alpacas are camelids, which means they are closely related to camels and llamas. They are native to the Andes mountains in South America and were first domesticated by the Incas over 6000 years ago. Alpacas were an important part of Incan culture.

The alpaca's thick, soft wool has been used by humans for centuries. Alpaca wool is considered to be a luxury fibre and is often used in high-end clothing and accessories. In the past, alpaca wool was only available in natural colours, but now it can be dyed any colour of the rainbow!

The alpaca yarn industry is a global trade worth millions of dollars. Most alpacas are raised in South America, but there are also farms in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada. The majority of alpacas are bred for their wool, but some as pets.


There are two types of alpacas: Huacaya and Suri. Huacaya alpacas have thick, fluffy fibre that resembles a teddy bear. Suri alpacas have long, silky fibre that hangs in ringlets. Both types of alpacas produce high-quality wool.

Alpacas are gentle, timid animals that prefer to live in herds. They are mainly herbivores and eat a variety of grasses, leaves, and bamboo. They can also survive on a vegetarian diet, but they may need to supplement their diet with alfalfa hay if they are not able to access a lot of vegetation.

Alpacas are very clean animals and will groom themselves frequently. They also have a natural instinct to avoid parasites and will often roll in the dirt to get rid of them.

Alpacas are usually shy around humans, but they can be tamed with patience and kindness. They are popular pets due to their docile nature and adorable faces.

The alpaca wool is often used in luxury garments, such as socks. Alpaca socks are soft, warm, and comfortable. They are also hypoallergenic and durable. In addition to socks, alpaca wool can be used to make sweaters, hats, scarves, and more!


There are many benefits to owning alpaca socks. They are warm, comfortable, and stylish.

The Responsible Alpaca Standard is an international certification program that ensures alpacas are treated humanely and their wool is sourced responsibly. The standard covers everything from alpaca welfare to environmental sustainability.

Alpaca wool is soft, durable, and hypoallergenic, making it the perfect material for luxury socks! Our alpaca socks are made from the highest quality alpaca wool and are available in a variety of colours and styles.

The alpaca wool is incredibly soft and strong, making it perfect for high-quality clothing and accessories. Alpaca socks are especially popular because they are very comfortable and luxurious. In recent years, there has been a growing demand for alpaca wool globally

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