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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Rottaf is also called the Afghan Rottie and is a cross of the Afghan Hound and the Rottweiler. She is a large to giant mixed breed with a life span of 9 to 13 years. She has talents in jogging, watchdog, guarding, police work and tracking. She is a strong and graceful dog with a big heart and lots of loyalty.
Here is the Rottaf at a Glance
Average height 26 to 29 inches
Average weight 80 to 110 pounds
Coat type Short, fine, dense or longer, silky
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Afghan Hound is)
Grooming Needs Moderate if a short coat, high if a longer one
Shedding Low to moderate depending on coat
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low – can suffer from separation anxiety
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Good to excellent depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to excellent depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to very good – depends on which parent she is more like
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good with socialization – has a high prey drive
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? No – too large and needs a yard
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate – should be with experienced owners
Trainability Moderately easy for experienced owners
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Low to high – depends on which parent she is more like
Major Health Concerns Heart problems, Bone cancer, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Cancer, eye problems,
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, Pano, Allergies
Life Span 9 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $585
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $935 to $1035

Where does the Rottaf come from?

The Rottaf is a recently bred so called designer dog. Designer dogs are dogs from first generation litters who have been deliberately bred using usually two purebred parents. Most are being created in the US and many have appeared in the last decade because of how popular certain mixes have become. There are some good breeders, but there are also many bad ones, puppy mills and the like, just wanting to make money. These are not places you want to fund so try to do some research before you buy. We have no information on who, where or why the Rottaf was bred so here is a look at the parents for background on her.

The Rottweiler

In the South of Germany a red tiled villa’s remains were discovered during an excavation and led to a town being renamed das Rote Wil. For centuries dogs here were used to drove cattle, for protection and to pull carts of meat. When rail came the breed almost disappeared but they were saved. Over the years they have been used in police work and as a working dog. Unfortunately bad breeders jumped on that wagon and the breed got a bad reputation for temperament and health problems so demand decreased.

Thankfully today breeders are turning this around while fighting the prejudice people still have. He is calm and confident, brave but not aggressive unless he perceives a threat. He tends to be aloof with strangers, he is intelligent and he while he is trainable he can be stubborn. Females tend to be more affectionate and easier to control than males.

The Afghan Hound

As the name indicates the Afghan Hound originates from Afghanistan where it was called Tazi. It has been around for thousands of years according to DNA testing, making it one of the most ancient breeds still around today. The first breeder in England was by an English officer who had been near Kabul and liked the breed and had them sent back to his kennel in England in 1925. After that they came to the US and were recognized by the AKC in 1926. It was actually one of the Marx brothers who was one of the first to bring them over. When Barbie had a pet Afghan Hound in the 1970s the dog’s popularity soared.

Today this is a quiet dog, not known for being a great watchdog but one who bonds very closely to one person. He is standoffish with guests and is an independent thinker so training can be tricky. He can be uncooperative and without the proper approach to training and handling he can become antagonistic or withdrawn.


The Rottaf is an energetic and playful dog though she can sometimes inherit the independent nature and be withdrawn around visitors like the Afghan Hound can be. She is sensitive, affectionate and intelligent and very loyal. She is not a super approachable dog for strangers and does not like it when they come into her space. Socialization and training are going to be very important. With her owner she can be protective and she can even be clownish and entertaining. She does not like to be left alone and can suffer from separation anxiety.

What does the Rottaf look like

She is a large to giant dog weighing 80 to 110 pounds and standing 26 to 29 inches tall. She has flappy ears, and can look more like a Rottie being large and powerful or more like the Afghan Hound being graceful and strong. Her coat can vary too, shorter and coarse like a Rottie or long and silky like the Hounds. Common colors are black, white, dark brown, tan, sable, gold, grey, red and blue. Some have a black face mask like the Afghan.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Rottaf need to be?

The Rottaf is a fairly active dog so needs owners who can be active with her without resenting the time needed to be spent each day. Expect an hour or two each day, along with at least two long walks she will need some time off leash to work off her energy and run free. Dog parks are a place where she can do that, play with you and socialize. She is large so is not best for apartment living, she should also have access to a good sized yard to play in. Because she does have a high prey drive keep her on a leash for walking time or she will run off to chase strange cats, squirrels and so on.

Does she train quickly?

Training the Rottaf is going to be moderately easy for owners with experience. She is not a dog suitable for first time owners. She can have an independent side and that can sometimes make things go less than smoothly. She needs her trainer to make it clear you are the dominant one and she is not the boss. Be firm but also be fair. Keep your approach completely consistent and use positive techniques like offering treats, giving her praise and encouraging her. Early socialization is just as important to carry out as is basic obedience training. She will better deal with other people, places and situations and you will be able to trust how she will deal with things.

Living with a Rottaf

How much grooming is needed?

The amount of grooming and maintenance will depend on her coat. The longer one needs daily brushing, regular trips to a groomers for trimming and more care. The shorter one will still need brushing but every other day or every couple of days should be enough and it will need less attention from a groomer. Do not underestimate how time a day you will need to groom the long coat if you get one! Bath time is something to be done only when she is really dirty and needs one to avoid drying out her skin and causing problems.

Brush her teeth at least twice a week if not more. Start from a young age and she will be more inclined to allow it. You also need to check her ears for signs of infection and then give them a wipe clean using a dog ear cleanser. There should be no inserting anything into the ears. Finally if she does not wear down her nails naturally with her activities they will need to be clipped. If you have never done this learn about it first or have the groomer do it, as cutting too low down will hurt her and cause bleeding.

What is she like with children and other animals?

If she is raised with children and she has been well socialized she will get along with them fine, happy to play and protective and loving. She might knock toddlers over by accident just because of her size so some supervision may be needed then. She has a strong prey drive so may tend to chase smaller animals, here socialization is a must as it is for getting along with other dogs. Some Rottafs can be aggressive around other dogs otherwise.

General information

She is a good watchdog and apart from barking to alert you of something she barks rarely. She should be fed 3 to 4 cups a day of a good quality dry dog food but that amount should not be fed all in one meal. Split it into two at least, a breakfast and a dinner for example.

Health Concerns

There are health issues she can inherit from either parent which include Heart problems, Bone cancer, Bloat, Hypothyroidism, Cancer, eye problems, Joint dysplasia, Pano and Allergies. Visit her before buying to see her and the conditions of the kennels. Also ask the breeder for parental health clearances.

Costs involved in owning a Rottaf

Being quite an uncommon designer dog there are no price guidelines available for a Rottaf puppy as of yet. Other costs though can be gathered based on her size and needs. When you have your puppy you will need to take it to a vet straight away for some tests and procedures. She will need to have blood tests drawn, be micro chipped, spayed, dewormed, given a physical and vaccinated. This will cost around $300. She will also need at least a crate, bowls and leash and collar ready for another $200. Medical annual costs for her are going to start at between $485 to $585 for essentials like up to date shots, check ups, pet insurance and flea prevention. Non-medical yearly costs are going to start at around $935 to $1035 for things like food, toys, license, treats, basic training and long hair grooming. This may be a little less if your Rottaf is not long haired.


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The Rottaf is quite a dog and with the right people could make an excellent choice as their new best friend. She may have a lot of grooming needs, she will certainly need good training and socialization and she will need lots of exercise so this adds up to needing experienced owners who are active and committed.

Featured Image Credit: Left – David Raihelgauz, Shutterstock; Right – Dolores Preciado, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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