A Dwarf Hotot is a rabbit breed, characterized by an entirely white coat, except for a circle of another color around each eye.
The Dwarf Hotot is one of the more recent breeds to be recognized by the ARBA, gaining acceptance in 1984. It has never been without a strong following, but also has never been among the most popular breeds. There’s an unusual story behind this breed’s development.
In the 1970s, one breeder in East Germany and one in West 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 we know today.
The Dwarf Hotot is a very small, compact breed, weighing 2.25-3.5 pounds, but with a maximum of 3 pounds for showing. The head is round with a broad skull, and the neck is not visible. The eyes are round, dark brown, and outlined with a thin band of black fur, giving the illusion that they are wearing mascara. Their heads are rounded with short, upright ears that may or may not touch, and their bodies are of a uniform width with rounded hindquarters. They should appear to have no neck.
A compactly built rabbit with a calm demeanor, the Dwarf Hotot is capable of playing independently, and enjoys running back and forth in its cage and playing with toys. It is able to keep themselves entertained much of the day with a simple toy, such as a ping-pong ball or paper towel tube, but it also love receiving attention from it’s owner. It should be provided with a toy or two, and let out of its cage to play.