Other Names:

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)


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)

Health Problems

None notable

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 Atlas Mountain dog 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.


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.

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