The Aidi temperament makes her an exceptional hunter. A lean, muscular breed, the Aidi has a thick tail, strong jaw, and exceptional scenting ability. For this reason, she commonly serves as a livestock guardian.
Other names for the Aidi include the Berber dog, the Atlas Shepherd Dog, the Atlas Mountain Hound, and the Kabyle Dog. At one point, some called her the Atlas Sheepdog, though this is, of course, technically incorrect.
The Aidi Temperament and Personality
What follows is a list of the need-to-know traits common to most Aidi temperaments. These are the characteristics and quirks that will help you decide whether this dog is truly the right one for you.
She Needs Her Space
The Aidi temperament is an active one. She is a dog who prefers running about in the countryside, rather than more restrictive city life.
In fact, most experts recommend that only people who live in rural or semi-rural areas with at least a quarter-acre of land own an Aidi so she has plenty of room to run and burn off her excess energy.
In other words, the Aidi is not an apartment dog. If you leave her alone for a long period of time, especially in a smaller living space, she will feel bored and frustrated, and she will take those feelings out on your property.
And because she is a rather alert dog, she can channel her negative feelings into noisy ones too, letting all the neighbors know that you left her alone and that she’s really not happy about it!
The Aidi temperament includes a history of protecting sheep and goats, but that is where her aggressive tendencies end. She would never become hostile with a human unless she sensed that person was threatening her or her family.
However, whether she is or is not a good watchdog is still up for debate. Some say she makes a fantastic watch dog, others say not so much. In reality, it probably depends largely on the individual temperament of the dog.
For instance, she still has those strong protective instincts, so she tends to be suspicious of and bark at strangers upon first meeting them, especially while she’s still young. But once you socialize her more, that tendency should fade. Once she becomes more accustomed to meeting new people and animals, she is more likely to try to be friends with them, rather than consider them a potential threat.
Plays Well with Others
So long as you properly socialize her, the Aidi temperament takes no issue with other animals. In fact, she gets along with other animals just as well as she does with people.
If you do not socialize her early and often, then she may grow up to feel wary of other people and animals, perhaps even feeling like she needs to guard you against them.
Good with Kids
The Aidi is especially good with children, in part because of her playful nature. In fact, she will remain outside playing with children for as long as they let her (which also gives you the time you need to do other things!).
Working 9 to 5
The Aidi is a working dog – this is part of the reason why she’s so active. Give her a task to accomplish, or a challenge to meet, and she’ll be as happy as a pig in dirt.
The Aidi is both a loyal and affectionate dog. This is perhaps the main reason why she eventually transitioned from being a working dog herding sheep and cattle to a downhome, family companion.
A Brief History of the Aidi Breed
Aidis have been around