This postage stamp features an Aidi.
|Chien de l'Atlas
Atlas Shepherd Dog
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Aidi or Chien de l'Atlas is a Moroccan
breed used as a flock guard, protecting herds of
sheep and goats. It also possesses hunting capabilities and good scenting
ability. In its native Morocco it is often paired in hunting with the Sloughi, which chases down prey that the Aidi has located by scent.
Standing 21 to 25 inches (53-63.5 cm) in height and weighing around 55 pounds
(25 kg), the Aidi's lean, muscular body is protected by a coarse, thick,
weather-resistant coat with a heavy plumed tail. The head is
bear-like and in
proportion to the rest of the body. The breed has a tapered
muzzle with a black or brown nose that usually matches the coat. Their jaws
are strong with tight black or brown lips. The medium-sized ears are tipped
forward and drop slightly. The eyes are medium, with a dark colour and dark
colours are white, black, black and white, pale red, and tawny.
The breed is energetic and highly protective and is said to make an
outstanding watchdog. It is a powerful dog that is also agile, alert, and ready
for action. As a sensitive breed, the dog should receive kindly, yet firm
The Aidi is recognized as coming from Morocco, probably originating in the Sahara. The dog
has never worked as a
even though the 1963 standard was published under the name Atlas Sheepdog; this
was corrected in 1969.
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