Different colours in Alpaca
In the UK, the British Alpaca Society (BAS) recognizes a variety of natural alpaca fleece colours. These colours are divided into several main categories, with some subcategories to accommodate variations in hue and depth. The following list outlines the primary colour categories and some of the subcategories recognized by the BAS:
- White: This category includes alpacas with pure white fleece, free of any other colours or markings.
- Light: Alpacas with light-coloured fleece, which can range from off-white or cream to very pale fawn or beige, fall into this category.
- Fawn: This category covers alpacas with various shades of fawn, including:
- Light fawn: A pale, creamy fawn colour.
- Medium fawn: A warm, golden fawn colour.
- Dark fawn: A rich, reddish-brown fawn colour.
- Brown: Alpacas with brown fleece are placed in this category, which includes shades such as:
- Light brown: A pale, milk chocolate brown colour.
- Medium brown: A rich, chestnut brown colour.
- Dark brown: A deep, espresso brown colour.
- Grey: This category encompasses alpacas with grey fleece, with subcategories for different shades:
- Light silver grey: A pale, silvery grey colour.
- Medium silver grey: A mid-tone, cool grey colour.
- Dark silver grey: A deep, charcoal grey colour.
- Light rose grey: A pale, rosy grey colour.
- Medium rose grey: A mid-tone, warm grey colour.
- Dark rose grey: A deep, dusky rose grey colour.
- Black: Alpacas with black fleece are placed in this category, which can range from a deep, jet black to a slightly faded or dusty black.
- Multi-coloured: This category includes alpacas with a mix of colours in their fleece, such as pinto or spotted patterns, or those with distinct colour variations across their body.
These colour categories provide a general framework for describing and classifying alpaca fleece colours in the UK. However, it’s important to note that alpaca fleece can exhibit a wide range of natural colour variations, and individual animals may have unique colour characteristics not specifically covered by these categories.