Dwarf Hotot Rabbit
History of the Dwarf Hotot Rabbit
The Dwarf hotot rabbit has never been among the most popular breeds. In the 1970s, two different breeders in Germany started working on a dwarf Hotot. Completely independent of one another. One crossed a REW Netherland Dwarf to a Blanc de Hotot; the other didn’t use a standard Hotot at all, but crossed a black Netherland Dwarf to a Dutch and bred out markings until only the eyebands remained. The two strains were eventually united to produce the breed Dwarf Hotot rabbit.
Like most dwarf breeds, the Dwarf Hotot is susceptible to malocclusion, a condition where the front teeth are directly above the lower teeth rather than in front of them. When rabbits have this condition, they may accidentally pull a tooth on its cage or have difficulties eating. This can be solved with trips to your veterinarian every 6-8 weeks so they can shorten their teeth.
Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. Pellets should only make up a small amount of your rabbit’s diet. They are high calorie and low fiber which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion.
Rabbits have a sweet tooth and would probably love to eat a lot of fruit. However, because of the high sugar content, fruits should be fed only as treats. Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The Dwarf Hotot breed is a small size rabbit, with the maximum body weight of 3 pounds (1.3 kg). They have a rounded head with a wide skull and short upright ears.
Fur / Coat
The coat of the Dwarf Hotot Rabbit should be dense, soft, thick and fine. These coats do not require much attention, and due to the Dwarf Hotot’s size, you may not notice when they begin to molt.
The Dwarf Hotot makes a lovely pet as it’s a gentle, clever and playful little rabbit. Because these are docile rabbits they are generally good with children. Like most rabbits, they do benefit from having a few bunny-safe toys so they can have some fun while out of their enclosures.