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The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features


Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!


Previous !RARE! Breeds of the Month
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap

Featuring January’s !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Aidi / Chien de l'Atlas / Atlas Dog




What is an Aidi?

This North-African dog, originally used as a flock guard and protection dog to defense nomads and their belongings, also exhibits strong scenting ability, making him a reliable hunting companion. His thick, dense coat is adapted to the most rigorous weather conditions, and also protects him against jackals and other predators.

History & Origin

The Aïdi has been used traditionally to protect nomads and their belongings, as well as their domestic flocks of sheep and goats against intruders, thieves or predators. Its remote origin, however, remains unclear, but it has been suggested that the Aïdi may be the original ancestor of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog.His strong scenting ability is also appreciated by hunters, who rely on the Atlas dog for his trailing abilities, pairing him with a swift-moving breed, such as the Sloughi, that will then chase down the prey.The breed is known by different local names according to the part of Morocco or Algeria where it is found. The name Aïdi is more common in Morocco, whereas Shawia and Kabyle are used in Algeria. The generic term for these Berber dogs of the Atlas is Atlas Dogs. Note, that this breed never worked as a herding dog. The function of a herding dog consists in controlling and guiding the flock, whereas flock guardians are usually larger dogs, like the Komondor or Caucasian Ovcharka, whose function is to protect the flock against predators..The Aïdi has a powerful, muscular body, protected by a coarse, thick, weather-resistant coat which protects him against the heat in the arid plains as well as the mountain cold. The color is white, but black, black and white, tawny and 'faded' red are also found.The head is bear-like with slightly forward dropping ears and dark eyes. The tail is long and bushy.The Aïdi's height is between 21 to 25 inches (53-64 cm) with a weight 55 pounds (25 kg).The Atlas dog is naturally protective and vigilant.  Agile, but cautious, the breed is very attached to its human family and will do well as a companion and watchdog. Although Aïdis are said to be very obedient and loyal this is not a breed to be kept inactive. This is a high-energy breed that needs plenty of exercise and space and, ideally, a real job to do.Recently, the French Independent Centre for the Training of Guide Dogs (Centre Indépendant d' Education de Chiens-Guides d'Aveugles) has admitted a male Aïdi in a guide dog training project run by the center.The Moroccan Club du Chien d'Atlas was recently founded to promote and protect this flock guard and protection dog.



Appearance

The Aïdi has a powerful, muscular body, protected by a coarse, thick, weather-resistant coat which protects him against the heat in the arid plains as well as the mountain cold. The color is white, but black, black and white, tawny and 'faded' red are also found.The head is bear-like with slightly forward dropping ears and dark eyes. The tail is long and bushy.The Aïdi's height is between 21 to 25 inches (53-64 cm) with a weight 55 pounds (25 kg).

Color

Fawn from washed sand to deep red; these coats can be brindled, white black overlay or carrying a mantle of any hue, brown from beige to burned bread shade. The lightest tones an have a deeper brown mantle, & black.

Puppies of the Atlas mountains by SaNNaS Aidi ALERT by SaNNaS Four mini guardians by SaNNaS

Temperament

The Atlas dog is naturally protective and vigilant.  Agile, but cautious, the breed is very attached to its human family and will do well as a companion and watchdog. Although Aïdis are said to be very obedient and loyal this is not a breed to be kept inactive. This is a high-energy breed that needs plenty of exercise and space and, ideally, a real job to do.



@ pyreneer.net


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January's !RARE! BotM ~ the Aidi ~ artwork by brooke-n
See more @ the !RARE! Breed of the Month Artwork Folder




Featuring January’s Targeted Breed of the Month
the South African Boerboel


African Boerboel male URS by filarska

The South African Boerboel is a molosser (mastiff) type dog found to be a victim of breed-specific laws and is banned in Bermuda and Denmark.

The South African Boerboel is a large dog that is strong, confident and muscular with a distinctive, blocky head. Despite its size, it is the most agile of the mastiff-type breeds. The word Boerboel means "Farm Dog" and it serves as a capable working dog as well as a loyal companion in its home country of South Africa. The skin of a Boerboel should be dark on his stomach and under his fur, as well as the roof of his mouth, which protects against heat and sun. The coat is short, dense coat can be brindle, brown, cream, reddish brown or tawny.

@ akc.org



Quick Facts:
• Country of Origin: South Africa
• Functionality: Family guardian
• Coat Colors: Brindle, fawn, yellow, red & brown, preferably with black masks
• Height: Dogs – 24 to 27 inches & Bitches – 22 to 25 inches

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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
WOW! Great article, good job! :heart:
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