Dwarf Hotot


Dwarf Hotot is a rabbit with exotic eyeliner around its eyes and a dignified appearance!
You hardly see them in pet shops, so many people must have been surprised to see such a rabbit!
Why don’t you take a peek at the secrets of this slightly rare dwarf hotot?



~ Basic information. ~

Country of origin East and West Germany.

Senior / male, female.
Over 6 months 1.36 kg, ideal weight 1.13 kg.

Junior / male, female.
Less than 6 months maximum weight 1.13 kg, minimum weight 0.57 kg.
※American Rabbit Breeders Association (Aruba) standards.

According to the text, breeders from West and East Germany created a similar breed of rabbit by crossbreeding.

The West German breeder first crossed a Netherland Dwarf with hotot markings, a Blanc de Hotot, and a white Netherland Dwarf with red eyes.

The offspring were then bred with a black Netherland Dwarf to produce the Dwarf Hotot.

The East German breeder crossed a Blanc de Hotot with a white Netherland Dwarf with red eyes.

The two breeds were later crossed to create the current Dwarf Hotot.

In 1981, the breed was brought to the United States and officially registered with the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) in 1983.

The Dwarf Hotot is a combination of various rabbit breeds, but it has inherited the good qualities of both breeds: the eye markings of the Blanc de Hotot and the small body size of the Netherland Dwarf.




Dwarf Hotot’s Q&A.

Where does the name Dwarf Hotot come from?

The name “Dwarf” means small, and “Hotot” is named after a place in France. However, there is also a theory that the breed was named after “a small rabbit with Hotot markings.” By the way, there are no surviving photos of Hotot markings, so it is still unclear what the pattern looked like.

What are the color variations of the Dwarf Hotot?

■Type of body color.

It is only white.

■Types of eye color.

There are brown and blue.

■Hairy species.

Dwarf Hotot is a short-haired breed only.


What does a Dwarf Hotot look like?

The head is round, and there is hardly any boundary between the face and the neck. The body shape is called compact. The short ears and legs are also cute points.

The most distinctive feature is the “eye band” with a clear eyeliner pattern around the eyes. The colors are black, chocolate, and ruby red.

If you participate in a rabbit show, the position of this eye band must meet the strict rules of the American Rabbit Breeders Association to avoid disqualification. For Dwarf Hotot, this is an important point.

However, if you keep it at home, there is no problem at all, and it can even be a charm point for your pet.


Dwarf Hotots were born in Germany, so why are they named after places in France?

Although the basic information states that the rabbit was created by German breeders, and the name is derived from a French town, the causal relationship between these two is still not well understood. However, it is possible that the breed inherited the meaning of Blanc de Hotot, which was used for crossbreeding. (The “Hotot” in Blanc de Hotot comes from “Hotot-en-ouge” in Normandy, France.)”.

How long does it take to buy Dwarf Hotot?

When keeping animals, it is necessary to follow the laws established by each country. This time, I will talk about keeping Dwarf Hotots at home in Japan.

It costs approximately 40,000 to 70,000 yen. The circulation of Dwarf Hotots is low, so the price is slightly higher than other rabbits.

Also, rabbits that have the potential to win at rabbit shows are called “show types,” while rabbits that are suitable for keeping at home are called “pet types.” However, if you want to keep a show-type Dwarf Hotot, it may be a little more expensive.

I want to know more about Dwarf Hotot’s personality!

The Dwarf Hotot is a friendly and active rabbit. It is curious and loves to exercise.

Since it is a small rabbit, even exercising in the room can help relieve stress, but it will be happy if you take it for a walk (walking outside with a leash on the rabbit’s body). It is best to take some time to exercise it as much as possible.

By the way, males are said to be more friendly, but not all Dwarf Hotots have such personalities due to individual differences.

Females are said to become rough when they are pregnant, but this is to protect their babies. If you find out that your rabbit is pregnant, it is better to leave her alone.

※If you keep animals, you need to follow the laws established by each country.

What are the diseases that Dwarf Hotot is susceptible to?

Dwarf Hotots are susceptible to “Rabbit Gastrointestinal Syndrome (RGIS),” “malocclusion,” and “fractures.”

①Rabbit digestive syndrome.

Previously, this disease was called “hairball disease.” Rabbits may accidentally swallow loose hair after grooming. If the swallowed hair comes out with feces, there is no problem. However, if a large amount of hair clogs the digestive tract, it can cause loss of appetite or inability to defecate.

At that time, it was called hairball disease because the cause was thought to be loose hair. However, recent research has shown that clogging of the digestive tract is not caused by loose hair alone. To make it easier to understand, it is now called Rabbit Gastrointestinal Syndrome.

Since most rabbits are susceptible to this disease, prevention methods include feeding them fiber-rich timothy hay, exercising them, providing enough water to prevent dehydration, and brushing them moderately.


Since rabbits’ teeth continue to grow throughout their lives, they can usually prevent excessive growth of their teeth by eating chew toys or fiber-rich food. However, if the teeth are not properly worn down for some reason, the bite may become misaligned.

If the teeth are in poor condition, it can cause loss of appetite or diseases such as nasolacrimal duct stenosis. Therefore, if you have any concerns about your rabbit’s teeth or eating habits, it is recommended that you consult a veterinarian.


Small rabbits like Dwarf Hotots are active and full of energy, running around everywhere. Although this is not a problem in itself, they may fall after climbing to high places and landing poorly, or they may break their bones due to the impact of falling from their owner’s arms and slipping through the floor.

Recently, due to housing conditions, more and more homes have flooring. Therefore, it is necessary to create an environment where rabbits do not get injured.

What is the lifespan of a Dwarf Hotot?

It is said to be about 7-9 years old, which is about the same as the average lifespan of a typical rabbit.




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