Thinking about purchasing an Aidi? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Aidi breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.

Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.

Fundamental requirements for a being a good Aidi owner;

Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Aidi and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.

Questions you may want to ask an Aidi Breeder:

It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Aidi and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."

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Aidi Breed Profile

The Aidi or Chien de l'Atlas is a very rare Moroccan dog breed who is said to be closely related to European mountain dogs. Used as a flock guard, protecting herds of sheep and goats, they maintain a reputation as a serious guard dog, but are mainly used as a working dog. Native Morocco it is often paired in hunting with the Sloughi, which chases down prey that the Aidi has located by scent. Also known as the Atlas Dog, or Chien de l'Atlas. They have exceptional tracking abilities.

Type: Flock Guard Dog

Height: 20-24 inches
50-55 lbs.

Colors: Generally white or cream; sometimes wolf gray with gray flecks. Can also appear in black, tawny, "washed out" red or black and white.
Moderately long coat; neck and tail is longer, thicker and coarser in texture.

Temperament: Attentive and aggressive.
With Children:
Low - not fully acclimated to being a household companion.

Watch-dog: High - Excellent watchdog; acts as a guardian
High; traditionally employed by nomads to protect herds of goats and sheep in the mountains of Morocco. Used today to guard livestock and as a companion.

Activity: Sensitive, lively, muscular breed that is unlikely to be a house dog. Can be high-strung.

Living Environment: Can handle rugged, outdoor temperatures of various ranges - from freezing night temperatures to searing heat. It's instinct is to be a working guard dog - needs outdoor activity.

Life Span: 10-11 years

Country of Origin: Morocco and Eastern European countries

Aidi History: A livestock guard dog of moderate size that was a typical mountain dog. It is possibly related to mountain dogs that came from the Eastern European countries centuries ago. It's instinct is to hunt, guard and protect herds of sheep and goats. It's course, thick coat helps this breed survive freezing temperatures.



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