Aidi Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Aidi so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginMorocco flagMorocco
Other Names
What other names does the Aidi have?
Atlas Mountain DogAtlas Shepherd DogBerber DogChien de l'AtlasChien de Montagne de l'AtlasKabyle Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Aidi Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Aidi puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Aidi?
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Aidi, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Aidi for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Aidi gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Aidi? How many Aidi are there in the world?
Average: The Aidi is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Aidi Size

Size
Is an Aidi small, medium or large dog?

How big do Aidi get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Aidi weigh? How much should the Aidi breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Aidi?
50-55 pounds (23-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Aidi?
52.5 pounds (24 kg)
Height
How tall is the Aidi? Aidi height:
Male: 21-25 inches (53-63,5 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Aidi?
Male: 23 inches (58,5 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Aidi Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Aidi have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Thick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Aidi's coat?
BrownWhiteTawnyBlackFawn
Grooming
How to groom the Aidi and how often?
Easy to groom: The Aidi doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Aidi is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Aidi dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Atlas Mountain Dog?
Aidis shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Aidi need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Aidi every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Aidi Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Aidi have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AgileEnergeticProtectiveAlertPowerfulSensitive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Aidi? Is the Aidi breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Aidi obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Aidi ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Aidi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Aidis aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Aidi is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Aidi sensitivity:
Sensitive: Aidis don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Aidi a good family dog?
Average to High: Aidis are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Atlas Mountain Dog need? Aidi social needs:
Aidis need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Aidi dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Atlas Mountain Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Aidi rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Aidi good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Aidis are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Aidi dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Aidi dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Aidis are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Aidi can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Aidi will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Aidi bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Atlas Mountain Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Aidi? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Aidi has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Aidi has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Aidi? How much bite force does an Aidi have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Aidi bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Aidi, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Aidi do?
Aidis have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Aidis need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Aidi to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Aidi roam?
Aidis have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Aidi have high prey drive?
Aidis have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Aidi good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Aidi indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Aidis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Aidi be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Aidi Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Aidi temperament with other people:
Aidis are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Aidi dogs get along with other pets? Are Aidi dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Aidis are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Aidi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Aidi temperament with children:
Aidis are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Aidi dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Aidi breed live with a cat?
Aidis are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Aidi good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Aidi dogs get along with other dogs?
Aidis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Aidi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Aidi breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Aidis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Aidis good office dogs? Do Aidis make good office friendly dogs? Can Aidis be office dogs?
No
Aidi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Aidi dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Atlas Mountain Dog temperament with senior people? Are Aidi dogs good for elderly owners?
Aidis are usually recommended for elderly people.

Aidi Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Aidi dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Aidis tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Aidi breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Aidi breed? Most common health risks of Aidi:
Eye ProblemsJoint Problems
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Aidi breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Aidi see the vet?
Frequent
The Aidi should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Aidi dogs live? How old can a Aidi be? What is the age limit of the Aidi? How many years can the oldest Aidi live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Aidi?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Aidi: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Aidi breed hypoallergenic?
No
Aidis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Aidi have? What is the activity level of the Aidi?
Aidis are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Aidi need? How much exercise do Aidi dogs require per day?
Aidis have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Aidi breed need?
Aidis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Aidi need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Aidi breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Aidi? How much food should I feed my Aidi?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Aidi risk for obesity:
Average: The Aidi has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Aidi's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Aidi has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Aidi drool?
The Aidi is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Aidi As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Aidi be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Aidi is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Aidi be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Aidi be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Aidi is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Aidi be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Aidi is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Aidi be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Aidi is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Aidi be a boat dog?

Not really

Aidi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Aidi be a drafting dog?

Yes

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Aidi breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Aidi dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Aidi Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Aidi pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Aidi breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Aidi: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Aidi have in a litter? How many puppies can the Aidi breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Aidi have? How many puppies can an Aidi give birth to?
5-8 puppies

Aidi Recognition

AKC Group
Is Aidi recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Aidi recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Aidi breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleUnited Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Aidi Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Aidi doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Aidis are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Aidis have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Child Friendly: Aidis are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Aidis are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Health Issues: Aidis tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Aidis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Office Friendly: Aidi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Aidis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Aidi History

The Aidi, also known as the Berber Dog, can trace its origins back to the northern parts of Africa, to the Atlas Mountain, to Morocco and Algeria. Aidi’s exact date of development is not known. There always have been speculations about the fact that the breed is truly an ancient one, which has been existing around the area for thousands of years, even though it is impossible to verify that. According to some experts, it is thought that the breed was created by the ancient Phoenician civilization, which is well-known for developing other breeds as well including the Pharaoh Hound and the Basenji. However, the opinions about the likelihood of this development theory are very divided between the experts and archaeologists. Most of them think that the Aidi may have been developed through a natural mixing and selection process in the region from the local dogs’ gene pool.

The Aidi was initially developed to work as a protector of the livestock and the people against the wild predators. Many considered the breed a herding one for the reason that the Aidi was commonly seen surrounded by livestock on farms and ranches. Moreover, the Aidi was mistakenly classified as the ‘Atlas Sheepdog” in 1963, because of the breed’s thick coat that bears many resemblances to that of the sheepdogs. This error was corrected by the breed standard, which was drawn up and accepted in 1969. The standard expressively stated that the Aidi’s purpose is solely to stand and watch until they sense a predator, including jackals or wildcats, and to warn both the flock and the farmers about the danger by barking loudly.

The breed was not very well-known by the general public until the 1960s. The breed standard helped the situation a little, and the Aidi became more recognized in the North-African region. However, the AKC (American Kennel Club) did not register the breed yet. Their first classification came relatively late, compared to the fact that the breed had been around for a very long time. The UKC (United Kennel Club) gave the breed recognition on July 1st, 2006, and classified the Aidi into their Guardian Dog group. The breed also got recognition from the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), from the American Canine Association, and from the Dog Registry of America.

Nowadays, the Aidi is not used for their original purpose, the breed is more commonly kept as a family member or as a companion. Even though the Aidi used to protect and guard against predators, it is a very gentle pet, and an active breed, which made them popular among families. Another advantage of the Aidi is that they are relatively generally free of any inherited diseases common to most of the purebred dog breeds.

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