Friday, May 27, 2011

DWARF HOTOT RABBITS

OMG!  These are the cutest little bunnies ever!  As soon as I saw a picture of one of them, I knew I had to write about them in my blog!  So since I'm supposed to be telling you about different kinds of rabbits anyway, during The Year of the Rabbit, today I'm going to tell you about Dwarf Hotots.










First of all, you need to know that Hotot is pronounced "oh-toe" or sometimes "hoe-toe."  Another name for this breed is "Eyes of the Fancy."  Just like their name says, they are dwarf-sized.  They are not supposed to weigh more than 3 pounds, and the ideal weight is 2.5 pounds.  They have compact, stocky bodies, with round heads and dark, bright eyes.  They look like they are wearing eye-liner, but that is actually a ring of black fur.  The rest of their fur is soft and thick and fine and white all over.




The Dwarf Hotot breed was developed in both East Germany and West Germany during the late 1970s.  In those days, the two parts of Germany were separate countries, so the Dwarf Hotots from each area looked sort of different from each other.  Then after the two Germanys got put back together again, the rabbit owners started breeding their Dwarf Hotots to each other to make one breed.







Eventually, they came up with rabbits that were strong and healthy and more like the bigger size of the East German Dwarf Hotot.  But breeders today still have some trouble getting the eyes to look right, and also they sometimes get bunnies that have spots on them instead of being all white.  But this problem is being worked on, both in Germany and in the U.S.  And of course, it's only a "problem" if you are entering your Dwarf Hotot in a rabbit show.





The first time the Dwarf Hotot was shown in this country was in 1981 in Syracuse, NY, at a convention of the American Rabbit Breeders' Association.  After several showings, the Dwarf Hotot was accepted as a standard breed.

These cute little bunnies are affectionate, playful, and good with children.  Since they are small, they don't need as much space to live in as some types of rabbits do.  Most Dwarf Hotots like to be held and petted, or to just hop around in a person's lap.  And according to this picture, you can even put silly little outfits on them.






I hope you have noticed that I have not said I would like to eat one of these Dwarf Hotot bunnies, and that is mainly because I got in trouble with some of my readers after I said I might like to eat an Angora Rabbit.  So I am keeping my mouth shut this time, even though it is a natural desire for an animal such as a dog to want to prey on a small, furry animal such as a bunny rabbit.  But I did mention to Mom that it would be nice if we had a Dwarf Hotot or two around the house, just to play with.  And as usual, she said we couldn't have one.

30 comments:

  1. Dear Piper,
    AAAH! Please don't eat ME! It would be kinda sad if you eat my fellow bunny friends! But you won't and I know it, it is okay you have that desire because you are a carnivorous animal anyway. Oh and thanks for writing about bunnies! Their eyes are huge though but they all look REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY Adorable like any other furry creature like you ☺! Anyway I can't believe I am a bunny and didn't know a lot of this myself! So thanks (Again)!
    Love,
    Lucky, your adorable bunny friend

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  2. I don't think it's right for people to put clothes on pets just to make 'em look good, they look cute on their own!

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  3. Dear Lucky,
    Don't worry! I would never eat my friends, and especially not a good friend like you! It's just that if I happened to get hold of a cottontail in our backyard, I might like to have a little taste of it before Mom took it away.
    Love, Piper

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  4. Dear Anonymous,
    I totally agree with you about putting clothes on pets! I have told my mom many times that I don't want to wear any stupid little costumes, and so far, she has not tried to make do that!
    Piper

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  5. Hmmm...I typed a comment then it went away. I shall try again. The Dwarf Hotot are sooo cute, I would love to see one in person. Dodi/Di like to watch rabbits around here (from the window) on a daily basis. I haven't seen any rabbits as cute as the ones on today's blog. Thanks for the pronunciation...cause I certainly had it wrong.

    I've not been online for awhile, but think I'm back...again!
    Love, AP

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  6. Dear Aunt Patty,
    I missed your comments, so I'm glad you're back. I didn't know how to pronounce "hotot" either at first, and I was saying it wrong until I read about how to pronounce it. I would be glad to see any kind of bunny in our back yard, because I would like to chase it. But the bunnies always go under the fence into the neighbors' yard, which isn't fair, if you ask me.
    Love, Piper

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  7. Dear Piper,

    My sister (who's account I've hacked into, as per usual) stumbled onto this blog and I had to comment on the pre....ahem, bunnies. These look a bit goofy with the black fur around their eyes.

    I wouldn't want to eat an Angora or a Dwarf Hotot. I would just like to chase it....until I "accidentally" broke its back. Then I'd canter up to the door to Mommy and Sissy to show my prize in my jaws so they say, "Did you kill a bun-bun, Z? Did ya? Oh, that's such a good girl! Ewwwwww! Don't bring it inside the house! That's icky!" Then they call Daddy and have him take away my kill to the garbage bins outside. They never show off my hunting skills! They think dead things are "icky."

    I guess I should say these bunnies come from where my sissy and brother were born. My sissy (whom I am closer to) was born in West Germany! I guess I shouldn't hunt a bunny from my sissy's home country (although, how am I supposed to tell bunnies apart if they're in my lawn?)

    -Zena

    P.S. The bunnies go under the fence to my neighbor's lawn too, so I know how you feel. It makes me mad because I, every once in a while, bonk my head on the fence.

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  8. Dear Zena,
    Thanks for sharing my frustration about bunnies that go under the fence. So far, I have not run into the fence, but I think maybe some of my silly brothers have. Mostly, we chase squirrels, and then we run into trees when the squirrels go up them!

    Your mom and dad are crazy to think dead things are icky, because you and I know they are yummy! I don't know how we will ever get humans trained so that they understand these things, but we have to keep trying!

    Your friend, Piper

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  9. Piper,

    Oh, I hate it when the squirrels go up the trees! We don't have any trees in my yard, but all the branches from the neighbor's yard and my "front yard" (well, it's more like what isn't fenced in of my back yard, but still belongs to my family) shade my yard. I've tried to climb the fence when the squirrels hopped into the trees and gotten half way there! I think I could get them if my family would quit distracting me!

    I don't think dead things are yummy, per se, but I sure like playing with them and smashing them against the glass door to show my parents! Sissy thinks that's especially icky. She says not to play with dead animals.

    Your Friend,
    Zena

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  10. I'm cosidering breeding hotots, any advice?

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  11. Dear Anonymous,
    I am just a basenji dog who writes a blog about all sorts of subjects, and I have never met any dwarf hotots in person, so I can't really tell you anything about breeding them. Maybe you can find some breeders by asking Mr. Google. I am sorry I can't help you!
    Sincerely, Piper

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  12. You prob just writing and saying your a dog

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  13. Well, duh, she is not a dog! how can a dog sneak on the computer and start writing stuff?!

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  14. Hello,
    I am really wanting a pet bunny and I would love to have a Hotot Bunny. I am also wanting a Belgian hare for a pet. Which bunny would be the best for a pet?

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  15. Dear Anonymous who thinks I'm not really a dog,
    I think you need to learn to use your imagination and also maybe have a sense of humor. Just my doggy opinion. LOL
    Piper, the basenji

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  16. Dear Anonymous who wants a pet bunny,
    As I have mentioned before, I am not an expert on bunnies, except that I have chased them in the back yard once or twice. My mom has not ever had a pet bunny either. She has only had dogs and cats. We just did some research on Dwarf Hotots, and then I wrote what we learned in a blog entry. So I do not really have an opinion on whether Hotots make better pets than Belgian hares. Maybe you could go to Yahoogroups.com and look for a discussion group about pet rabbits. People on a list like that would know lots more about rabbits than I do.
    Sincerely, Piper

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  17. I have two dwarf hotots and they are the sweetest most affectionate breed of rabbits I have ever known. Not to mention, very intelligent. They are litter trained and get along well with my cats. I have the mom and a daughter and they always have kisses to give me.
    They really are great! I never would hacve thought of me as a bunny person, but now I definitely am!

    Good Luck in your pet bunny search.
    BTW there are many rescues that are in need of nice people to adopt their bunnies.

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  18. I came home from South Dakota went in my room and there was a baby Dwarf Hotot rabbit, its the cutest thing ever and i named it Bowtie even though its all white but that's the point!!! I love him so much.

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  19. Wow, congratulations on your new Dwarf Hotot! I like the name Bowtie. It is like when a man wears a tuxedo with a white bowtie instead of a black one. I hope you and Bowtie are very happy together!
    Piper

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  20. Well, I KNOW you are not a dog!

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  21. I am never coming on this website again. This website is dumb.

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  22. I am at my wit's end.
    Our little girl is skittish, unfriendly and downright mean...:(

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  23. You might want to join a Yahoo discussion group that deals with hotots. Someone in the group could give you some advice. There is a list of groups here: http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=dwarf+hotot+rabbit&submit=Search

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  24. Dear Katie,
    I love animals very much and i have 5 pet rabbits of my own. (Havana, silver fox, netherland dwarf, German lop, & a continental giant) they are all 2-3 years old. Im just about to buy a blanc de hotot & harlequin (with my moms permission. I'm only 13 & i take care of ALL these rabbits) ANYWHO, i find that very rude to do to ur rabbits or any pet u have. if i knew u or saw u in real life doind that to the animals, I would call animal control on u. & i mean that. How would u like it if U were a helpless little rabbit and i just picked u up and thew u against a window or wall until i broke ur back or worse, killed u? I also hv 3 dogs two cats and 5 goats. i dont live on a farm, i just have a LOT of backyard space. My dogs & cats live inside the house, my continental giant, silver fox, & german lop live inside the house, the rest live in a shed outside the house( it has a heating/cooling unit & electricity 4 the lights)

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    1. Dear Andie,

      When Katie wrote that comment about smashing squirrels and rabbits, she was writing from the point of view of her dog, Zena. Sometimes we dogs like to play with little animals after we kill them, and that is just something we do, even though humans think it's mean and horrible. I don't know why we do it. People don't do that kind of thing, and I am sure Katie loves all animals and would be very nice to them, so you would not have to report her to animal control.

      I think it's great that you have so many bunnies and that you take good care of them. Just make sure that they don't get out where some stray dog or fox or something decides they might make a good meal!

      Your friend,
      Piper

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  25. Im surprised most of you love animals here yet nobody stood against zena and piper -.- i'm disgusted

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    1. The owners of Zena and Piper are just writing in the character of their dogs. It is normal for dogs to want to chase and eat bunnies, but that doesn't mean their humans would actually let the dogs do it, if it could be prevented. You need to "loosen up" a little and be less angry about everything. At least that's my humble opinion!

      Piper's Mom

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  26. Hi! I was wondering how to pronounce "Hotot". Thanks for the key!
    (I was pronouncing it Hot - ot. Oops ...)

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  27. My hotot doesn't play with anything I give to her. What should I do?

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