A dwarf hotot is a tiny and compact rabbit that was initially bred in the 1970s. The furry, affectionate creature that can be kept as a pet is completely white except for distinct black markings around its eyes. The black appearance around the eyes gives the creature the moniker “Eyes of the Fancy.” Fully grown, a dwarf hotot tips the scales at less than three pounds (about 1.36 kg) and has a life expectancy between five and 10 years.
The breed of rabbit is the product of separate breeding endeavors by West German and East German breeders that were ultimately merged. The dwarf hotot was derived as a hybrid between red-eyed white and Black Netherland Dwarf rabbits. The hybrid rabbit was introduced in the United States in the early 1980s and was recognized as its own breed by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1984.
Possessing a broad skull and short ears, the rabbit has the appearance of having no neck on its rounded body. The rabbit has soft, fine fur that when petted falls back into its original position. The creature’s eyes are dark colored with black fur surrounding the eyes, which stands out against its white fur. The dwarf hotot is often described as having mascara or eyeliner around its eyes.
Scientifically known as Oryctolagus cuniculus, the creature contains a gene that is responsible for creating its white fur. However, if the rabbit becomes injured, its fur will typically grow back as black. The American Rabbit Breeders Association began recognizing brown and black varieties in 2006.
Easily held in an individual’s palm, the creatures are often kept as pets. The rabbit possesses a jittery temperament but calms down when handled often. The creatures are also playful and can be quite friendly. Each rabbit has its own unique personality and may demonstrate affection in unique ways.
As pets, the creature’s diet consists mostly of alfalfa pellets, water, and Timothy Hay. The hay is a good source of fiber that helps keeps the small rabbit’s digestive system working properly. The rabbit’s diet also consists of vegetables and fruits.
Similar to felines that can develop hairballs, the dwarf hotot can run into digestive problems by ingesting its fur. Intestinal blockage can be prevented by grooming the rabbit weekly and removing excess fur. Indications that the creature may have intestinal issues include if the rabbit starts eating less and if its waste becomes stringy in appearance.