Atlas Shepherd

Other names: Aïdi, Atlas Dog, Atlas Mountain Dog, Atlas Mountain Dog

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The Atlas Shepherd is a robust, rustic, powerful, muscular dog, of a strong constitution, but without heaviness. It has a bushy and thick coat that protects it as much from harsh climatic conditions as from attacks by predators during combat.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Morocco
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 28 kg to 32 kg From 52 cm to 62 cm
Male From 28 kg to 32 kg From 52 cm to 62 cm
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History of the breed

The Atlas Shepherd is a very old breed native to the mountains and plateaus of North Africa . It is mainly present in the Atlas of Morocco, but it can also be found in Algeria and Tunisia. Contrary to what its name might suggest, the Atlas Shepherd is not intended for herding. It has always accompanied the nomadic mountain populations for which it provides care and protection . If he watches over their herds and deters any attack attempts by predators, he does not lead them. The Atlas Shepherd breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on June 13, 1963.

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Physical features

His hair: mid-length (about 6 cm in length), thick, coarse. Short and thin on the breed and the ears. Forming a mane on the neck and under the throat in the male.
Its color: fawn (washed sand to dark red) brindle or charcoal, with or without coat, brown (beige to burnt bread) with or without darker coat, black with or without white plumes.
His head: strong, broad, well proportioned, conical in shape, without wrinkles.
Its ears: of medium length, with slightly rounded ends, carried semi-drooping, straightened forward when the dog is awake, backwards when it is at rest.
His eyes: medium in size, dark in color (dark amber to golden brown), displaying a lively, attentive and very observant expression.
His body: the top line presents a slightly plunging profile, the back is broad and very muscular, the croup slightly inclined, the chest very long and well let down.
Its tail: long, very bushy, set in line with the line of the croup, carried low at rest. Carried as a whip and more cheerfully when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Atlas Shepherd is a loyal , faithful dog who knows how to show his affection to his master and his family. He is much more suspicious of strangers . Its instinct of guard and protection is, in fact, very developed. He faces danger with great courage, which he strives to analyze thanks to his observant and attentive character.

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the   Shepherd of the Atlas being a rather independent dog and endowed with a strong personality , it must be educated in a firm and fair way from an early age. By imposing himself as the leader of the pack in his eyes , while being gentle towards him, we thus ensure the company of a balanced dog, versatile and pleasant to live with.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Atlas Shepherd is not really cut out for apartment living . It can adapt to an urban lifestyle if it is frequently walked and regularly invited to exercise in nature. A house with a fenced garden would suit him perfectly.


Ease of gaining weight

The Atlas Shepherd is a rustic dog, resistant and in solid health . Its coat gives it very good protection against the cold and heat that characterize its original mountain regions. The breed does not show a predisposition to any congenital disease.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an Atlas Shepherd dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 11 years

The life expectancy of an Atlas Shepherd is, on average, between 10 years and 11 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Atlas Shepherd undergoes 2 moults per year during which he loses a lot of hair. It only requires basic maintenance , but regular.

It is recommended to brush the dog on a weekly basis . During the moulting period, weeding must be done daily. His eyes, ears and pads should be inspected regularly to detect and remove any debris and prevent infections.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of an Atlas Shepherd is between 500 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Atlas Shepherd is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Atlas Shepherd needs to stay active in order to be happy . Accustomed to moving freely, he must be able to benefit from long daily walks (2 at least) and exercises.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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