Hybrid Breed

Afghan hound + Rottweiler


What is a Rottaf?

The Rottaf, also known as the Afghan Hound and Rottweiler mix, is a unique and rare blend of energetic Afghan Hound and rugged Rottweiler. This hybrid dog is known for its excellent stature, agility and alertness.

Origin and History

The Rottaf shares its genes with the Afghan Hound, an ancient breed dog bred in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan, and the Rottweiler, a positively hardy working dog that originated in Germany.

While the exact time and place of the first Rottaf breeding is unknown, this mix was created for practical reasons - to create a dog that has amazing speed, alertness and strength.

Alternate Name -
Origin Afganistan - Germany
Life expectancy 8 - 14 years
Care requirements high-maintenance - low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character and traits

This hybrid breed is characterized by its unique blend of traits - the liveliness of a greyhound coupled with the calm confidence of a Rottweiler.

The Rottaf is known for its energy and stamina. Thanks to his Afghan Hound genes, he loves to run and romp. At the same time, he inherits calmness and composure from his Rottweiler ancestors. He is a loyal, loving family dog, but he also has his independent side, which he gets from his greyhound ancestors.

  • Loyal and loving: Like the Rottweiler, the Rottaf is an excellent companion and wonderful family dog. He has a deep need for human companionship and bonds closely with his owners.
  • Independent and persistent: from his sighthound ancestors, the Rottaf has inherited an urge to exercise and a high degree of independence. Longer walks and play sessions are essential for him to meet his energy needs.
  • Intelligent and Able to Learn: The Rottaf is extremely teachable and benefits from consistent education and training. However, his intelligence also requires mentally challenging play and training to prevent boredom and potential behavior problems.

Suitability and attitude

A Rottaf is best suited for active families or individuals who have experience with dogs. These dogs need daily physical exercise and mental stimulation. They do well in homes with yards, but can also be kept in apartments as long as they get enough exercise.

They need strong leadership and can benefit from positive, reward-based training. Their greyhound heritage gives them an independent nature, but with proper training and socialization, they can make good family pets.

However, it's important to note that the Rottaf needs regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Therefore, you should make sure that you can give it enough time and attention before you decide to bring a Rottaf into your life.

Care and health of the Rottaf

Grooming is comparatively time consuming in some cases, especially during the coat change. Especially the coat needs regular brushing depending on its length.

In the area of health, special attention should be paid to hip and elbow dysplasia, as these can be common in both parent breeds.

Breeding of the Rottaf

Sincebreeding the Rottaf represents the blending of two very different dog breeds, careful selection and caution in breeding is essential. Breeders should have both parents tested for common diseases and make sure the animals complement each other well to produce healthy, well-socialized puppies.

A Rottaf can inherit the size and strength of a Rottweiler while possessing the sleek, graceful lines and long, silky coat of the Afghan Hound. Considered a fairly large, powerful dog , the Rottaf can have a proud stance, athletic build, and an expressive head.

The coat can vary - while that of the Afghan Hound is dense, long and silky, that of the Rottweiler tends to be short and dense. The coat can take on either texture or a mixture of both. Coat color can also vary widely, including shades of red, black, cream, and brindle.

Fur length long - short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear - Triangle
Tail lang
Anatomy slim, sporty, rugged, massive, square, hefty
Size ♀ 56 - 69 cm
Weight ♀ 25 - 48 kg
Size ♂ 61 - 74 cm
Weight ♂ 25 - 60 kg
Suitable For -
  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Cataract

    Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.

  • Myelopathy

    Degenerative myelopathies of dogs are a series of slowly progressing neurological diseases associated with destruction of the spinal cord. These diseases are associated with slowly progressive movement disorders of the hindquarters.

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.

  • Heart disease

    Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.

  • Joint damage

    In some breeds, joint damage can occur later in life, affecting the musculoskeletal system.

  • A Rottaf is a cross between an Afghan Hound and a Rottweiler, usually described as very loyal and energetic.

  • A Rottaf can look different. It is best to look at the parents.

  • The Rottaf is usually a very sweet dog that gets along well with other people and pets, but is sometimes a little shy. He needs a lot of exercise and consistent education.

  • It is important to brush him regularly and do all the checks (teeth, ears, claws).

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