Also known as the Atlas Mountain Dog, Atlas Sheepdog, and the Chien de l’Atlas, the Aidi is a protective and affectionate breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
While the exact origin of the Aidi has not been well documented, enthusiasts believe the breed to hail from 17th century Morocco, though this has never been proven scientifically or otherwise.
Throughout is history, the Aidi has been most commonly used for hunting large game, as a watch and guard dog, and kept as a companion, proving its superior abilities to work, protect, and provide friendship. The Aidi is known for its keen sense of smell and ability to track and kill snakes.
Today, the Aidi remains very rare outside of Morocco.
Best known for its loyal and protective nature, the Aidi thrives on strong and dependable relationships with humans, and is willing to sacrifice its own life in order to protect its master and territory. This breed is very intelligent, yet can be somewhat high strung and independent, creating difficulty in training. As a pet, the Aidi is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate. These dogs are very active and enjoy spending time outdoors and playing games such as fetch.
Due to its high strung, stubborn, and independent attitude, the Aidi can prove challenging to train. This breed is known for growing bored and even annoyed with repetitive exercises and tasks.
Establishing immediate dominance, trust, and respect is key to successfully training the Aidi. These dogs can be somewhat sensitive to criticism and require an experienced, strong, and confident handler with a stern yet gentle approach, positive reinforcement, and reward-based training.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning an Aidi, such as its no hassle, low maintenance coat. This active breed is always on the move, and often quite amusing and entertaining to watch while at play. When properly socialized from a young age, the Aidi gets along well with children and other pets, known for its gentle approach to small children. These dogs are extremely protective of their owners and territory, making amazing watch and guard dogs, announcing the arrival of guests and unwanted visitors, and serving as a deterrent to would-be intruders. The Aidi is obedient, loyal, loving, and affectionate, making an excellent family pet and companion alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning an Aidi. These energetic and athletic dogs require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. An Aidi not receiving the proper amount of exercise and space will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
The Aidi has a strong instinct to hunt and will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these large dogs are surprisingly quick, and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. The Aidi must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.
Like many companion breeds, the Aidi is known to suffer from separation anxiety. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed who travel frequently, have full time work, or are away from the home on a daily basis are advised to begin researching another breed. During an attack of separation anxiety, the Aidi will act out of nervous destruction and may destroy property, chew, bark, whining, and ignore housebreaking training.
As previously mentioned, the Aidi remains very rare outside of its native Morocco and can prove quite difficult to obtain. Individuals wishing to purchase this breed often encounter such challenges as inability to locate a breeder, high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
Common Health Concerns
While the Aidi is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation – dislocation of the knee, distichiasis – ingrown eye lashes, progressive retinal atrophy, obesity, and bloat.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own an Aidi? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.