Thistledown's Angus of Argyll
This dark, dark brown son of Hakuna Matata, an outstanding solid black West Coast male with a perfect bite and superb conformation, has been a farm favorite from the day he was born. His sire has dense, crimpy fiber with "incredibly soft handle" - judges always comment on it. As a yearling, Hakuna Matata's AFD was 20.7 microns, and his awards include Reserve Champion OFFF 2000, 1st Place OFFF 1998 fleece, 2nd Place CABA 1999 (Julio Sumar), 2nd Place CABA 2000 (Maggie Krieger) and 2nd Place EVAA 2000 fleece. Angus's dam, Sabrina, is a rich, dark brown half-Peruvian with incredible density, staple length and crimp - Maggie Krieger awarded her fleece a third place at the EVAA 2001 show. Sabrina also has heavy bone, great conformation and a gentle, easy-going temperament. Angus has inherited wonderful density, a magnificent typey head and a fantastic temperament from his dam, plus dark color genetics from his sire, who has two full generations of true black ancestors. A ribbon winner at the largest show in the nation at only 10 days over the minimum age limit to show, Angus is definitely one to watch - especially as we have just discovered two rose grey spots on his leg!
ARI# 841430 Color: Dark Brown DOB: October 17, 2002 Unproven

Dam, Sabrina
Angus is the son of Hakuna Matata, a solid true black huacaya with a perfect bite and conformation, great density and a sweet temperament. Judges always comment on the incredibly soft handle of Kuna's dense crimpy fiber, and he still had an AFD of 24.6 microns as a mature breeding male. Hakuna settled his first female before he was 2 years old, and even as a cria, Angus seems determined to follow in his father's footsteps! 

At  only 10 days over the minimum age limit to show, Angus placed fifth at MaPaca 2003 in an extremely competitive dark brown juvenile halter class. The class included entries from some of the largest and most prestigious alpaca breeders in the country, so we were proud to see our young "bred and owned" male place.

Sire, Hakuna Matata

Angus & Sue, MaPaca 2003
In addition to the three generations of true black heritage inherited from his award-winning sire, Angus has dark color genetics from his dam. Sabrina is a rich dark brown half-Peruvian, whose black Chilean dam has all black and grey ancestors. A granddaughter of Accoyo Peruvian Leon, Sabrina and her sire Leo have both won awards for their fleece.

Angus is a wonderful dark, dark brown with a gorgeous typey huacaya head and a correct bite. His fiber has incredible density and staple length, plus very nice handle and crimp. At a recent alpaca color seminar it was mentioned that dark brown is almost as rare as rose grey in the alpaca color spectrum, and Angus appears to carry both!

Angus, Jan 2004

Angus of Argyll at 5 months.
As he is maturing, his fiber is developing an almost maroon appearance, and his dam does have white fibers in her neck and a distinctly pink tinge to her dark brown coloring, so it is quite possible that he carries the red color gene. Even more exciting, is that since being shorn, we have discovered a number of rose grey spots on his leg, so this boy has the genetic potential to throw both dark brown and rose grey. 

At 7 months old Angus weighed 80lbs and with his solid build, excellent conformation and very dark red/brown coloring, he is beginning to resemble a miniature version of Romeo in our pasture! He has an outstanding temperament, excellent bone density, coverage and conformation, and shows genuine promise as a junior herdsire candidate.

Angus at 3 months of age.