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(Chien de l’Atlas) (Chien de Montagne de l'Atlas) (Atlas Sheepdog) (Atlas Shepherd Dog) (Atlas Mountain Dog) (Atlas Mountain Hound) (Aïdi) (Kabyle Dog) (Atlas-Schäferhund)

Mack my Aidi, waiting to continue on our walk.

"This is Mack my male Aidi at 1 year old waiting to continue on our walk. His coat color is tri-color brown, white and tawny. His eyes are gold with brown in the center. He stands at 52 cm, and weighs 55 pounds (25 kg). He is energetic and highly protective. Mack is a cute, spunky young boy who always has a ‘smile’ on his face. He is very friendly but still testy around people he doesn't know. He loves pillows and likes to lay his head on your stomach. He likes his play-dates with his dog pals, and he likes getting kisses and hugs from the family. He likes walks, bellies, Christmas, getting praised, family, flowers, friends, music, springtime, stars, Scooby snacks, the outdoors, climbing rocks, bath time, sleeping by the window, chasing things, playing hide 'n seek, watching TV, and going on trips in the car. He dislikes the vet, car horns, resting on walks, thunderstorms, being locked up in his kennel, getting thorns in his paws, bigger dogs, people on bicycles, motorcycles and getting told to get off the couch. Some of his good habits are he knows how to fetch and bring objects back, he is housebroken, he knows different objects, he knows his name, he knows what no means, and is very well trained. Mack has a tendency to get into the garbage, he has a favorite spot on the couch but he isn't allowed up there when we have company. Mack is an energetic dog, and loves to go for long daily walks. And he doesn't like it much when I stop and rest, pulling on his leash and wanting to stay still."


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The Aidi is lean and muscular. It has a heavy plumed tail and medium-sized ears that are tipped forward. Its jaws are strong with tight black or brown lips. The eyes are medium with a dark color and dark rims. The Aidi has a tapered muzzle with a black or brown nose that usually matches the coat. The coat of the Aidi is course, thick and weather resistant. Coat colors include black, white, black and white, tawny and pale red.


Energetic and highly protective, the Aidi is a flock guard, used to protect herds of sheep and goats. It also makes a good hunting and scent dog, which is typical of a mountain dog. It is powerful, agile, alert and ready for action. It makes a very good guard and watchdog, however, is not a breed for everyone. It needs an owner who knows how to remain alpha, and it needs a job to do, preferably as a flock guard. As a sensitive breed, the dog should receive kind yet firm training.

Height, Weight

Height: 21- 24 inches (53 - 61 cm) 
Weight: 50 - 55 pounds (23 - 25 kg)

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Living Conditions

Aidi are not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with a minimum of a 1/4 acre and at least a 5' tall fence. They should live in a semi-rural or rural setting. This breed is quiet and clean in the house.


The Aidi should be taken for long daily walks.
Life Expectancy
About 12 years




The Aidi is recognized as coming from Morocco, where it was used to defend its owner and property from wild animals. It probably originated in the Sahara. The dog has never worked as a sheepdog even though the 1963 standard was published under the name Atlas Sheepdog; this was corrected in 1969.
Flock guard



FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
UKC = United Kennel Club
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
ACA = American Canine Association Inc.


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