aidi breed information


The Aidi, also known as the Atlas Mountain Dog, originated in Morocco, and was used in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Libya and Algeria to protect his master’s sheep and goats from predators and strangers.

The Aidi is a medium to large-sized dog, standing about 25 inches at the shoulders and weighing about 55 pounds. He is a powerful, lean dog who comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, red and tawny. Though a working dog at heart, the Aidi is becoming more popular in Morocco as a house dog. The breed as a whole is wary of strangers (given his history as a protector), but he does warm up quickly once a perceived threat is resolved.

The Aidi is an active dog and needs quite a bit of daily exercise. This is one breed that is not well suited to apartment living due to his activity level and exercise need. His coat is lower-maintenance, though – occasional brushing will likely be all the grooming he needs.

Exotic origins aside, Aidis are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Aidis are prone to include eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; hip and joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia; internal issues such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); and knee problems like medial patellar luxation.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Aidi inherits more than just a protective personality, you’re covered.

Common health issues

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