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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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Other Names
What other names does the Aidi have? The dog breed also known as...
Aïdi, Atlas Mountain Dog, Atlas Shepherd Dog, Berber Dog, Chien de Montagne de l'Atlas, Chien de l'Atlas, Kabyle Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
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.
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? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Aidi price:
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.

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.

Aidi General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Aidi size:
How much does the Aidi weigh? Aidi weight:
50-55 pounds (23-25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Aidi? Aidi average weight:
52.5 pounds (24 kg)
How tall is the Aidi? Aidi height:
Male: 21-25 inches (53-63,5 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Aidi average height:
Male: 23 inches (58,5 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Aidi Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Aidi have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Aidi's coat?
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 Aïdi? Aidi shedding level:
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.

Aidi Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Aidi have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Aidi? Are they intelligent?
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 for 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.
Are Aidi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
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.
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:
Aidis don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Aidis are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Aïdi 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.
Do Aidi dogs bark a lot? 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?
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.
Do Aidi dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Aidis are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their 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 Aïdi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Aidi? Why do dog bites happen?
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.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Aidi do?
Aidis have 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?
Aidis are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Aidis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Aidi dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Aidi Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Aidis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Aidi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Aidi and 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?
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? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Aidis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Aidis good office dogs? Do Aidis make good office friendly dogs? Can Aidis be office dogs?
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 Aïdi temperament with senior people? Are Aidi dogs good for elderly owners?
Aidis are usually recommended for elderly people.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Aidi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Aidis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Aidi be a service dog?
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?
Not really
This breed 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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Aidi is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Aidi be a drafting dog?
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.

Aidi Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Aidi dogs have health problems?
Aidis tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Aidi breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Aidi breed? Health risks of Aidi:
Eye ProblemsJoint Problems
Life Expectancy
How long do Aidi dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Aidi be?
10-12 years
Is the Aidi breed hypoallergenic?
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?
Aidis are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog 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 this fido need?
Aidis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Aidi need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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 & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
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 Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Aidi have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

Aidi Pros & Cons

  • 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 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.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: Aidis aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Health Issues: Aidis tend to have more and 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.

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