Chiribaya Shepherd

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Chiribaya Shepher
Country of origin Peru
Classification / standards
Not recognized by any major kennel club
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Chiribaya Shepherd was a breed of dog native from Southern Peru. The descendants of this breed can be found around Ilo, Moquegua, the research was conducted by anthropologist Sonia Guillen. It is of medium height, had long, beige colored hair and a short snout. Experts believe that the dogs were prized for their llama-herding abilities.[1] The mummified remains that are the only known example of this breed were discovered by Sonia Guillen, an anthropologist from Peru, while excavating tombs in the Osmore River valley. The dogs were found buried in plots near to their owners which Sonia believes shows the culture had a deep respect for these family companions.[2]


  1. ^ Collyns, Dan (23 September 2006). "Mummified dogs uncovered in Peru". BBC News. 
  2. ^ de Pastino, Blake (September 25, 2006). "Photo in the News: Dog Mummies Found in Ancient Peru Pet Cemetery". National Geographic.