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Breed Registries:

Note: The AÏdi is not presently recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), the American Kennel Club (AKC) or its Foundation Stock Service (FSS) Program. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The Atlas Mountain Dog was recognized by the United Kennel Club July 1, 2006 and was moved to the Guardian Dog Group effective January 1, 2008.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




52 - 62 cm

Breed Profile:

The Atlas Mountain Dog is found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco where he lives with the semi-nomadic populations of the regions. His role is to defend his master's tent and belongings as well as to protect the flocks from predators.

The breed is very hardy, powerful and agile. Very faithful, affectionate and friendly with his family members, the Aïdi inherently guards with a remarkable protective instinct. He is fearless, always alert and ready to fulfill his role as guardian with what is said to be an instinctive knowledge of the seriousness of any approaching danger.

His coat is harsh and dense, protecting him from both the heat and cold as well as against the fights he may have with predators. The coat comes in various shades of fawn, brown, or black and may be spotted with white. The lips and nose are always black or brown depending on the coat colour.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Atlas Mountain Dog puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. This should include, among others, hip x-rays to exclude hip dysplasia and eyes should be checked to see that they are normal and PRA clear. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

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Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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