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Description: 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.
Other Names: Atlas Mountain Dogs, Kabyle Dog, Chein de l'Atlas
Type: Flock Guard Dog
Height: 20-24 inches
Colors: Generally white or
cream; sometimes wolf gray with gray flecks. Can also appear in black,
tawny, "washed out" red or black and white.
Temperament: Attentive and
Watch-dog: High - Excellent
watchdog; acts as a guardian
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
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