Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dog Breed Spotlight: Aidi

The Aidi – or Atlas Mountain Dog – is a Moroccan dog breed. It is also called Chien de l’Atlas. This is an energetic working dog believed to have originated in Sahara.

In its homeland, the Aidi often protects herds of sheep and goats. They are also good at hunting and tracking scents.

For hunting, an Aidi is often paired with a Sloughi, a type of hound that chases down prey tracked by the Aidi.

The breed is gaining popularity as city pet, but most of them are still hard workers, either in the countryside or as police dogs.

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.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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