Meet Our New Cria Roulette

Check me out!

Check me out!

Here she is! The little girl who brought up so many good genetic questions the other day on Twitter. The Murphy’s Law baby. The one I just knew was going to turn out this way.

You see, in the alpaca business, a blue-eyed white is not really the desired outcome. This white with blue eyes is linked with deafness. (We don’t know yet if little Roulette is deaf.) It occurs about 25% of the time when you breed two animals who both have the white spotting gene. It is complicated and you can read more about it here.

Normally I would NOT breed a black female with a white face like Blakeny, Roulette’s mom, to a male with the white spotting gene like the tuxedo grey male who is her dad. But in this case, I had one breeding to this spectacular male and I needed to use it right then and she was the only female who was open and who even remotely would work. The odds were in my favor for a beautiful black or grey cria – a 75% chance. So I played the Roulette wheel.

Roulette2 The general consensus (or common myths) amongst alpaca breeders is that the female blue-eyed whites are very friendly and that they have amazing fiber. We can usually breed them to black males with no spots and get awesome colored cria who are not deaf.  So welcome to the fold my little Roulette, and thanks so much to Roni and Brad at Providence Alpaca Farm for taking such good care of my little sweetie.


What can I say? I like to gamble?


  1. She is beautiful!
    .-= Libby White´s last blog ..Nuno Scarflet in Robins Egg Blue and Bright Pink =-.

  2. Susan Frank says:

    Hi Katy, we got one of those surprises last month too!

  3. Elyse (@SteedfastES) says:

    Oh my, she is just too precious, especially with her little plaid coat!

  4. I recently visited a farm with a white Suri female who had one blue eye and one black and I believe who is full Accoyo, like that matters, and I was curious if she should be a breeder. Everything about her is beautiful but that Blue Eye sticks outs awfully bad in the equation. She doesn’t appear to be deaf and is ready to breed but the owner isn’t sure if anyone would buy the offspring.

    More questions…more debate.
    .-= WonderWhyGal´s last blog ..Organ Donation Gave Me This Moment =-.

  5. Oh what a sweet face.
    .-= DebbieQ´s last blog ..Oh The Agony =-.

  6. She’s very pretty and I hope she’s not deaf.
    .-= DawnK´s last blog ..My birthday sweater is done! =-.

  7. From what I’ve been told, you just don;t want to breed a blue eyed male? She is adorable and I love the plaid jacket!

  8. Roulette is beautiful. I’ve been told they aren’t really a blue-eyed white if they have dark centers. I had a female like Roulette, even more white around the edges. She was a mom with many crias before I bought her, I bred her to males (fawn, brown) and never had another blue-eyed cria or even partial blue-eyes. Sold her to a famous suri farm in Utah and they finally retired her this year at age 20, but they bred her each year with fine results. I kept one of her daughters who has given me three champion females so far (no males) out of a fawn, a brown/white, and a gray. None of them have any blue in their eyes. No deafness either. I wouldn’t gioe up on Roulette :-)

  9. oops – I meant “wouldn’t give up”

  10. I was wondering about her :) I’m now drooling over her daddy’s fleece.
    .-= Dawn´s last blog ..Yarn for Sale &8211 September 20th =-.

  11. shes so cute

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