Rottaf

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65-75 lbs
22-24"
Unknown
Afghan Hound
Rottweiler
The Rottaf is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Rottweiler and the Afghan Hound. The Rottaf is a large dog that will weigh more than sixty-five pounds at maturity. He will have a dense coat with silky fur that requires little in the way of grooming. He is a rather active dog. He can be somewhat standoffish and is not considered kid-friendly. With proper socialization though, it is possible to help the Rottaf become accustomed to children. Strangers, however, are another story. The Rottaf makes a great watchdog. He will need regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight in addition to keeping him out of mischief. Patience is required when training the Rottaf. He is not overly difficult to train, but he may take longer than other breeds to be fully housebroken.
Purpose
Companionship, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Rottweiler, Afghan Hound

Rottaf Health

Average Size
Male Rottaf size stats
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 85-95 lbs
Female Rottaf size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 65-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Panosteitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Aortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Osteosarcoma
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye examination
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • Thyroid Panel

Rottaf Breed History

The Rottaf is a rare hybrid dog. While there is not much information regarding the Rottaf hybrid breed itself, we can still examine the history of the parent breeds in order to determine the origins of the Rottaf. The Rottweiler hails from Germany. He is likely descended from Molossus, a mastiff-type dog who was known for being a war dog of the Romans. As the Roman army moved through various territories, the Molossus interbred with local dogs. It is thought that the Molossus interbred with local German dogs to bring about the breed we know as the Rottweiler. Rottweilers were used to herd cattle in agricultural villages. In fact, some cattlemen would put their money in a pouch around the neck of the Rottweiler in order to keep from being robbed. However, when the railroad replaced cattle drives on foot, the Rottweiler almost became extinct. In 1901, a Rottweiler and Leonberger Club was founded, and the breed standard was established. The Rottweiler became involved in police work, a job for which the Rottweiler is well-suited. Most likely, the first Rottweiler came to the United States with a German emigrant in the 1920s. After World War II, the popularity of the Rottweiler exploded. In fact, he was immensely popular until the mid-1990s when bad publicity had an affect on the demand for the breed. The Afghan Hound hails from Afghanistan. He is thought to be one of the most ancient dog breeds; DNA evidence suggests that the breed is at least 2,000 years old. An English officer stationed in Kabul established a kennel while there, and he transported his dogs back to England in 1925. Although most are not sure of the exact timing and situation, somehow the Afghan made its way to America. We do know that Zeppo Marx (of the infamous Marx Brothers) brought one of the first Afghans to the United States. The American Kennel Club began recognizing the breed in 1926. The Afghan is likely most famous for its depiction as iconic doll Barbie's dog Beauty.

Rottaf Breed Appearance

The Rotaff will be a large dog. At maturity, he will weigh at least 65 pounds. More than likely, a male will weigh closer to 95 pounds. He will also be rather tall. Most Rotaffs measure at least 22 inches in height. He may be one of a variety of colors. He may be black and white, or black and tan. He may be brown or black all over. He may inherit the tan markings above his eyes like the Rottweiler parent.  His coat will be dense, and his hair is likely to be short. He will have a muscular build. His tail may be long like the Afghan parent breed, or it may short like the Rottweiler parent breed. His chest will be broad and deep. His ears will likely be medium length, and he may have some feathering on his legs and ears. The texture of his hair will be silky; some compare it to human hair.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Rottaf eyes
Hazel
brown Rottaf eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rottaf nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Rottaf coat
Black
gray Rottaf coat
Gray
brown Rottaf coat
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rottaf straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rottaf Breed Maintenance

The Rottaf will, surprisingly, not require much in the way of maintenance. Brushing him once weekly should be sufficient for getting rid of any excess hair. However, he may tend to shed more in the spring and fall (as do most dogs). During heavy shed times, brush him two or three times a week. Note: It is also important to get the Rotaff used to a grooming routine. While the Afghan parent breed is accustomed to grooming, the Rottweiler can be rather sensitive to touch. Begin a grooming routine when your Rotaff is young so that he will be comfortable with the regimen as he grows older. Brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent bad breath and tartar buildup. To prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth daily. Trim his nails every two or three weeks, particularly if you can hear his nails clicking as he walks.
Brushes for Rottaf
Pin Brush
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rottaf requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rottaf Temperament

The Rottaf is  a reserved dog. Due to his Rottweiler parentage, he will likely have to be around someone and make up his mind that a new person is "okay" before he accepts a strange person. Even the Afghan part of him is generally not fond of strangers. He may even be a one-person or one-family dog. He may be aloof or flat-out ignore visitors. He may be described as an "independent thinker." This often makes him difficult to train. However, patience and persistence is key when working with the Rottaf. He is highly intelligent, but he may have to be made to understand just why he needs to do something that you want him to do. Even well-trained Rottafs may refuse to cooperate until they understand how actions can be beneficial to them. Surprisingly, food does not always motivate the Rottaf. Repetition is key to success when training the Rottaf.

Rottaf Activity Requirements

The Rotaff will be a moderately active dog. He is not necessarily a dog that you can let loose in the yard for a round of play, however. He will do best in a home with a fenced-in yard - a fence that is over six feet in height in order to make sure that he does not jump over the fence. The Afghan parent breed is known to scale fences, and, once he is out of the fence, he will run and may be nearly impossible to catch. He will enjoy a walk with you around the neighborhood, but he should remain leashed at all times. The dog park is not the best place for the Rottaf. His personality just isn't conducive to being around many strange dogs all at one time. Remember that the Rottaf needs ample exercise not only to maintain a healthy weight, but also to keep him from getting into mischief.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Rottaf Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Rottaf Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rottaf size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 45 lbs
Female Rottaf size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 37 lbs
12 Months
Male Rottaf size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Rottaf size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 52 lbs
18 Months
Male Rottaf size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 77 lbs
Female Rottaf size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 67 lbs

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