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Dwarf Hotot

By | Last Updated : 13th July 2019

The Dwarf Hotot is a breed of very small rabbits that was developed in Germany. They are popular not only for their ‘cute’ looks, but also their gorgeous eyes bordered by a black ring. This almost unique feature gives it the name ‘Eyes of the Fancy’. The breed was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association (ARBA) in 1983.

Dwarf Hotot

Quick Biological Information

Pronunciation Dwarf Oh-Toe
Type Domestic and show rabbit
Origin Germany
Behavioral Traits Temperaments can vary between moody and outgoing; usually playful, sweet, energetic, and affectionate with a friendly personality; well suited to pet life
Physical Characteristics Small and compact; the entire body color is white with a pair of wide, black eye bands (rarely, specimens with chocolate and blue eye bands are also found);
Some individuals might also possess blue or black spots near the ears or eyes
Weight/Size Maximum 3 pounds (1.4 kg) (full grown adult)
Body Type Compact and rounded
Fur Type Gentle rollback coat
Ear Type Short, upright; may or may not touch each other
Lifespan/how long do they live 7-10 years
Approximate Price/Cost House pets: $15 – $50; Show quality: $50 – $75
Dwarf Hotot Rabit

Dwarf Hotot Bunny Rabbit Care Sheet

Care Level Easy; requires minimal grooming
Suitable For House pets, shows
Vaccines Viral hemorrhagic disease, myxomatosis
Health Requirements Deworming, checking for fleas, ticks, rabbit mites, formation of fur balls in the stomach
Precautionary Measures Non-breedingdoes (females) and bucks (males) can be spayed and neutered, respectively, after adoption, to reduce chances of reproductive system related diseases like uterine cancers in females
Activities Provide with gnaw toys and a quiet corner where they can run, nap, hide and play, both inside your house and outside in an enclosed garden
Cage Setup For indoor rabbits, a 24 x 24 or 18 x 24 inch wire cage with a metal/plastic bottom is enough; in case of an outdoor cage, it should be airy enough, secure from predators, weatherproof, and shady, with enough space for them to hop around, stretch and play [Note: Should preferably be kept indoors]
Cage Cleaning Clean all the poops daily, and the entire enclosure at least once a week
Diet & Feeding Provide good quality pellets (¼ cup per head daily), organic hay, along with limited amounts of leafy greens, fruits & vegetables, and enough fresh water
Sickness & Diseases Malocclusion (type of dental disease)
Dwarf Hotot Full Grown


Q. How often should I bathe my dwarf hotot rabbit?

Rabbits usually groom themselves. If not, you should avoid bathing them, and instead, use a soft, damp cloth to clean the body twice or thrice a week, or as and when you find them dirty.

Q. What if my dwarf hotot rabbit stops pooping normally?

Discuss with your vet about giving the rabbit some laxative. If the problem persists, take it to the vet to check for formation of fur balls inside its stomach.

Baby Dwarf Hotot

Q. What are the symptoms and remedies/treatment for malocclusion?

When your rabbit gets malocclusion, the pair of above incisors (front teeth) grow right over the pair of lower ones, rather than naturally growing in front of them.

Symptoms of this dental condition include difficulty in chewing/eating, ND often pulling a tooth on its cage by accident. In such conditions, you can take your rabbit to a vet who can shorten the teeth.

To decrease the chances of such conditions, you should entertain your pet to have enough grass and other chewy foods.

Dwarf Hotot Bunny

Did You Know

  • The dwarf Hotot rabbit was created in the 1970s by crossing the white hotot and the Netherland dwarf rabbits.
  • Dwarf Hotots with blue or black spots near the ears or eyes are disqualified from rabbit shows.
Picture of Dwarf Hotot Rabbit

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