Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Morocco Other Names Aidi, Chien de l'Atlas, Atlas Mountain Dog, Atlas Sheepdog, Kabyle Dog, Chien de Montagne de l'Atlas Life Expectancy Approximatel 12-13 Years Litter Size No litter information available. Breed Group Flock Gaurdian
Breed Appearance The Aidi is a Moroccan dog breed used as a flock
guard, protecting herds of sheep and goats. It also possesses
hunting capabilities and good scenting ability. In its native
Morocco it is often paired in hunting with the Sloughi, which chases
down prey that the Berger de l'Atlas has located by scent.
to 25 inches (53-63.5 cm) in height and weighing around 55 pounds
(25 kg), the Berger de l'Atlas's lean, muscular body is protected by a coarse,
thick, weather-resistant coat with a heavy plumed tail. The head is
bear-like and in proportion to the rest of the body. The breed has a
tapered muzzle with a black or brown nose that usually matches the
coat. Their jaws are strong with tight black or brown lips. The
medium-sized ears are tipped forward and drop slightly. The eyes are
medium, with a dark color and dark rims. Coat colors are white,
black, black and white, pale red, and tawny.
Breed Description Head: Like that of a bear. Dry. Size in proportion to the
body. Flat, broad skull. Stop not pronounced. Tapered muzzle. Black
or brown nose, matching coat color. Strong jaws. Black or brown
tight lips. Ears: Medium size with rounded tips, semi-drop. Eyes: Medium size. Dark color. Dark, slightly oblique rims. Body: Powerful. Muscular neck without dewlap. Broad, very
deep chest. Broad, muscular back. Ribs slightly sprung. Powerful,
arched loin. Belly tucked up. Tail: Long, carried down, reaching the hock joint, in the
form of a scimitar at rest. Very thick fur (plume). Hair: Very
thick, slightly long (6 cm) except on the head and ears where it is
very short and not as thick. Mane at the neck (particularly
impressive in dogs). Coat: Wide range of colors: white, tawny, fawn, red, black
and white, fawn and white, shades of gray, tri-color, etc…
Size: 52 to 62 cm. (20.5-24.5 in). Weight: Approx. 30 kg. (66 lb)
History No sheepdog breed exists in the Atlas mountains. This Moroccan dog,
probably originating in the Sahara, lives in the mountains and
defends his owner and property from wildcats, but he has never
worked as a flock guard. This explains why his 1963 standard, which
was published under the name Atlas Sheepdog, was nullified in 1969.
Some Aidi's were introduced in France in 1992.
Behavior This very rustic breed has remarkable power and agility. He is
always on the alert and ready for action. He will protect his owner
and loved ones from predators and strangers with great courage. This
breed can even sniff out snakes. The sensitive, lively dog must
receive firm, but kind training.
Health No known genetic diseases
Advice The Aidi has a weatherproof coat that sheds heavily twice a year. The hair grows to about 6 cm; it would need to be brushed
weekly to remove burrs and dirt. Regular brushing distributes the natural oil of the coat therefore promoting its good condition. Coat must be brushed more
often during the shedding season to hasten the shedding process. Bathing the dog should be done twice or thrice a year so as not to remove the weatherproofing
of the coat.