Aidis are categorized under the UKC (United Kennel Club) category of guardian dogs. The Aidi is also known as the Atlas Mountain Dog, the Atlas Shepherd Dog, and the Chien de L’Atlas. A Moroccan breed most commonly used as a flock guardian, they are inherently protective of their family.
Aidis have a general height range of 21 to 24 inches (53 – 61 centimeters), and an average weight range of 50 to 55 pounds (23 – 25 kilograms). They have an average lifespan of 12 years.
Originating in the Sahara, the Aidi has existed for centuries along the mountains and plateaus of North Africa. They are most commonly found in Morocco, where they are used for protection of their owners against predators and strangers. Over time, although Aidis are still used as a working dog, they have seen increasing popularity as house dogs. Relatively versatile, they can be seen in dog shows, as well as helping out the police force as police dogs. Aidis are believed to share ancestry with the Pariah Dog.
Aidis are a strong breed, and their bodies are lean and muscular, with a length to height ratio of 10:9. They boast a heavy, plumed tail as well as ears that tip forward and hang slightly. Aidis have a bear-type skull and a tapered muzzle. Their double coats are thick and coarse, and come in several colors including black, white, a mix of both, and tawny.
Aidis make great guard dogs as a result of their protective instincts when it comes to their families. In addition, they are very alert and they tend to trust their instincts when it comes to assessing the possibility of danger. A powerful breed, they are also agile and quite active. Aidis are affectionate dogs, but they require an alpha owner in order to keep it in check, as well as a job that it can focus on. As such, they may not be a breed for everyone. They are not suited to an apartment lifestyle, and will be better off living in a semi-rural or a rural area with a fenced yard in which they can roam about constantly as they are rather active dogs.
General Care & Health
The coats of Aidis should be brushed regularly (preferably daily) in order to distribute the natural oils found in the hairs. This will help improve weatherproofing and it will keep their coats healthy. Aidis living in warmer climates may shed their undercoats year-round, whereas Aidis living in cooler climates will shed around twice a year. Their ears should be checked weekly and cleaned with a cotton ball and a cleanser obtained through a vet. Cotton swabs should not be stuck into the ear as it may lead to damage in the ear canal. Teeth should be brushed two to three times a week at the very least, and nails should be trimmed once or twice a month. Check for signs of infection whenever the Aidi is groomed, keeping an eye out for redness and inflammation of the skin, eyes, nose and mouth.
The recommended daily amount of food an Aidi should be getting is 2 to 2½ cups of dry food, divided into two meals throughout the day. Despite the presence of a guideline, the amounts can be altered if the dog is highly active or otherwise.
The Aidi is quite a strong and healthy breed, and with adequate exercise and good nutrition, Aidis will rarely develop any serious health problems. Obesity will occur, of course, without exercise and overeating, and hip dysplasia may be seen in dogs that come from untrustworthy breeders. In order to avoid that, one should only deal with reputable and licensed breeders when it comes to purchasing a dog.
The Aidi is a classic flock guard, and is known for its independence, loyalty, and abilities. Highly energetic, this breed likes to stay active and will require constant walking/exercise. A powerful and agile breed, the Aidi is an ideal choice for a watchdog, but it will require an alpha owner in order to behave appropriately.