This breed is a classic flock guard, although a bit smaller and with less coat due to his semi-arid environment. The Atlas dogs have a very keen sense of smell, able to track even in the sands of the Sahara and join in the caravan's hunts. They are paired with a Sloughi, the Atlas dog finding the game by scent, then the Sloughi slipped for the chase.
This desert dog has an amazing ability to leap from one brittle rock to another brittle rock and race at an impressive speed over shifting ground. Confident and alert, the Aidi makes an outstanding watchdog.
The current standard supplied by the Maroccan Kennel Association describes the thick, harsh coat and heavy plume of the tail as a sign of purity of the breed. In some regions, the ears are cropped and the tail is docked, but the natural condition is the only one recommended by the standard. With the formation of the Atlas Mountain dog club of Marocco (Le Club du Chien de l'Atlas) the Aidi's future seems pretty secure.
Photo courtesy of Les Chiens des montagnes de l'Atlas
Atlas Mountain Dog Breed Outline
Country of Origin:||Morocco|
|FCI Classification:||Group 2-Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid breeds; Molossoid breeds, Mountain type (without working trial)|
|Utilization:||Guarding and protection dog|
|Personality:||Faithful, affectionate, docile and very protective of his family. Alert, fearless and dependable in the presence of danger.|
|Height:||21-25 inches at shoulders|
|Colors:||1. Fawn (from sandy to deep red). This coat can be brindled with black overlay.|
2. Brown (from beige to dark brown)
3. Black. All these coats can be spotted with white. The marking ars similar to that of the St. Bernard. Harlequin, blue and isabella are not acceptable colors.
|Other Names:||Chien de l'Atlas, Atlas Mountain Dog, Aïdi, Chien de Montagne de l'Atlas, Kabyle Dog|
|Average Litter Size:||--|
||Atlas Mountain Dog's coarse and weather-resistant coat needs weekly brushing.|
|Shedding:||Heavy twice a year.|
||The Aidi is good with the members of his pack.|
|Suitability for Children:||Gentle and protective with children of his family.|
|Exercise Needs:||This lively and high-strung breed needs plenty of exercise and challenging tasks to prevent his high-voltage disposition from over-charge.|
|Train Ability:||Highly tractable with extremely protective instincts.|
|Health & Behavior Issues:||No known genetic diseases.|
|Atlas Mountain Dog Breed
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