A guardian dog from Morocco
Also known as the Atlas Mountain Dog, the Aidi has existed since time immemorial in the mountains and on the plateau of North Africa. At present it can be found in large numbers in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the country which holds the breed standard. The Aidi is closely linked to the semi-nomadic pastoral populations of the mountainous regions and has the clear role of defending its masters’ tent and belongings as well as protecting the flocks from wild beasts which might attack them. Solid and powerful, yet sinewy and never cumbersome, the Aidi possesses a thick, bushy coat that protects it from sun and cold and provides a protective armor in the fights that it must engage in with predators.
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OTHER NAMES – Atlas Mountain Dog, Berber Dog, Chien de Montagne de l’Atlas
LIVING WITH THIS BREED
Aidis are known to be quite affectionate, docile, faithful and equally loyal, which is largely why they’ve transitioned into being companion dogs as much as they are protectors and herders, if not more so. They are highly intelligent and take well to training, but tend to be sensitive in comparison to other breeds, so they need a good amount of attention and lots of positive reinforcement as opposed to a punishment-based training/treatment. They are exceptionally protective and have been known to go to great lengths to keep their families safe, which also tends to make them wary of other dogs, animals, and strangers, so proper training and socialisation early on is key to their co-existence with others. They are relatively high energy dogs with a love for purpose so they ideally do best with active families, big gardens, and those who are willing to give them things to do, or at least frequent interaction to keep them entertained, as well as an alpha who consistently maintains authority. If left unattended for long periods, especially in small spaces, they tend to get bored and frustrated and can become destructive or loud, especially since they are highly alert, so mental and physical stimulation are paramount to a happy, healthy life for both owner and dog.
This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||Morocco|
|PURPOSE BRED FOR||Guardian|
|TEMPERAMENT||Faithful, Fearless, Alert|
|EXERCISE NEEDED||1 hour per day|
|IDEAL SIZE OF HOME||Large|
|HEIGHT – MALE||52-62 cm / 20-24 in (to shoulder)|
|HEIGHT – FEMALE||52-62 cm / 20-24 in (to shoulder)|
|COAT TYPE||Medium length, Thick, Harsh|
|GROOMING NEEDS||Several times per week|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||10 – 12 years|
- Bred to be working dogs in vast expanses, this breed needs a good amount of exercise to stay happy and healthy, so owners either need a large space for them to run or be active themselves.
- Since their coat is weather protective, they need baths only occasionally as they need to maintain a healthy level of natural oils that can be washed away if bathed too frequently.
- The color of the coat can vary from black, fawn, pale red, black and white, tawny, or brindle combinations such as a coat that is fawn and brindled with black.
- The Aidi is one of the healthiest breeds of dog in the world, there are currently no known congenital health issues associated with this breed.
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