12,500 in Russian Federation (2010 census). Ethnic population: 15,400 (2002 census).
Southern Dagestan Republic, Tsuntinsky district, several villages. Also in Georgia.
Sahada. Sahada most distinct. May be a separate language.
Highland users have good language maintenance, those moving to the lowlands show attrition. Few domains. More than half the children speak Dido. Positive attitudes. Avar [ava] is literary language.