Aidi/ Atlas Mountain Dog

Other names

Atlas Schäferhund

Life expectancy

10 years

Age adult

30 months

Height (Shoulder height)

57 cm


25 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / short straight hair on the face / dense / tail feathered / legs feathered / crest

Coat color

falb, brindle, soot, brown tones, black, single colored or spotted

Common illnesses

malignant hyperthermia

Food expenses per month in €

about € 57

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


sensitive / alert / bold / attentive / agile / full of energy

Bred for

Stöberjagd / hunting dog, hound

Common illnesses

malignant hyperthermia

Dog type according to FCI

pinscher and schnauzer - molossoid - swiss mountain and cattledogs

FCI description

Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer. These were once farm dogs that kept house and stables free of mice and rats. They also protected against intruders and accompanied the carts. They are often independent, suspicious of strangers and vigilant.

Section 2 Molossoids. These great dane-like dogs were used in the war as fighting dogs and in the Middle Ages for big game hunting. Later for guarding large estates. They are big, defensive dogs who protect and defend their family. They need a loving education early on and must not be armed in any way, otherwise the strong animals get out of control. Also the mountain dogs were typical house and yard dogs which are ready to defend but little aggressive. With same-sex conspecific, they get along however usually less well because of its distinctive precinct-behavior.

Section 3 Swiss Mountain Dog. These worked as herd prodection dogs or guard dogs in alpine valleys or pulled milk carts. They are independent, territorial and guarded house, yard and livestock.

Many dogs from this group grow very big, have a strong personality and need patient training. They can become great partners for life if you have enough space and time. Others are small, but still stubborn and want to be challenged so that their activity and vigilance can be lived out and not used against others.

Short description

The Aidi or Atlas Mountain Dog is strong, muscular, intelligent and alert. This breed from Morocco is not bred for show or companion purposes, and is therefore not a lazy pet dog. He needs experienced and firm training. Regarding its tradition, this breed is surely worth of preservation, but not really suitable as a pet or family-dog.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.