Aidi is said to have its roots in Morocco or the Sahara where it was used to guard its owner and property against predators. It is also known as Berber, in reference to the Berber tribe who also used it to protect their belongings. Phoenicians of the Mediterranean coast, who bred dogs professionally are also suspected of developing the dog. The Moroccans have recently formed an organization for the protection of this breed. However. the American Kennel Club does not recognize this mountain dog.
- Lighter and smaller build: It is very different in size, weight and shape which is why it is used as a guard dog, not for herding purposes. In this type, feathering is minimal but distinct and they have better bone health than other dogs of the same breed.
- Heavier and Mountain Dog build: More common, the males appear fuller in fur and of larger size than the females. The looks of this kind of Aidi resemble a lot with the Mastiffs.
Temperament & Personality
The Aidi is considered to be very docile, affectionate and gentle although they are bred as guard dogs. It is fearless and protective but mingles well with the family and is also remains good with children. It needs moderate attention but regular physical activities. As an intelligent work dog, it is used to reacting to what is going on in its environment and does not cope well when left alone. They are not hostile but wary of unknown people and animals. They are territorial and can pick a fight with other dogs if they detect even a hint of aggression. These dogs should be kept on a leash to avoid any mishaps.