Monday, June 8, 2015

Rare Breed Monday: Aidi

The Aidi is an energetic working breed that developed in Sahara. It is considered a Moroccan dog breed, and it is also called Atlas Mountain Dog or Chien de l'Atlas.

In its homeland, the Aidi often protects herds of sheep and goats. They are also good at tracking scents and hunting. When used for hunting, the Aidi is usually paired with a type of hound called Sloughi that chases down the prey the Aidi tracks.

Most of these dogs are still hard workers. Many still perform their traditional tasks, but others are doing very well as police dogs.The breed is gaining popularity as pet as well.

A typical Aidi is highly protective, alert, powerful, and always ready for action. As many working dogs, it does best with an experienced owner and a job to do. They need ample amounts of exercise, long daily walks, and prefer to have a large yard.

These dogs can come in a variety of colors and color combinations. They’re considered healthy, and have an average life span of 12 years. A typical Aidi weighs around 50-55 lbs, and requires a large PlexiDor dog door.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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