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Hotot Rabbit Pet Profile

Size Medium to large
Weight Dwarf: 3-4 pounds (1.2-1.6 kg)
Blanc de Hotot: 8-11 pounds (3.6-5 kg)
Fur Short with long guard hairs
Maintenance Low
Personality Friendly, sociable, uncomplicated
Lifespan 7-10 years
Suitable for Beginners and experienced owners
Origin Dwarf: Germany; Blanc de Hotot: France
Indoor Yes
Outdoor Dwarf: No; Blanc de Hotot: Yes
Special characteristics Black color around the eyes, white fur
Similar breeds Netherland Dwarf, Flemish Giant

Hotot Rabbit Photo: Vera Zinkova/Shutterstock


Hotots are easy to differentiate from other rabbit breeds as they have two special features: they have white fur and a thin black line around their eyes. It looks like someone put eyeliner all around this bunny’s eyes. This makes Hotots look graceful, elegant and a little mysterious and exotic - like the Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra.

In this factsheet, we describe the white Blanc de Hotot as well as the Dwarf Hotot. The Blanc de Hotot is a medium-sized rabbit bred by crossing the Dwarf Hotot with the Netherland Dwarf.


But first: where does this rabbit get its name? And how do you say it? Hotot-en-Auge is the name of the town where this rabbit was first bred (find out more under “History”). The pronunciation of Hotot is kind of like “ott-ohh”, not unlike the name Otto but with more emphasis on the last syllable.

Hotot Rabbit Photo: Sindii/Shutterstock


Hotots are friendly and even-tempered as well as wonderfully playful. They like to explore their surroundings but aren’t quite as active as other breeds that spend all day darting about. Their curious nature means they’re always full of surprises, so it’s fun to just watch them go.

Health and Care

Hotots are suitable for beginners as they need less attention than other rabbits. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t underestimate the effort needed to keep rabbits, and beginners should definitely learn all about the needs of their little cottontails. It’s a good idea to buy or borrow a book.



Hotots have brown eyes with black markings all around.



The Blanc de Hotot’s upright ears are 4-5 inches (11-12 cm) long, while the Dwarf Hotot’s may grow up to 3 inches (7 cm).


Their foreheads and noses are broad.

Fur Color

Their fur is white and shiny with long kemp. Hotos always have white fur - if you’re going by strict breeding rules. Staggeringly, their fur is actually brown but the rabbit has such large white piebalds that there are no brown patches and the fur is completely white. But you can also get Hotots with black or dappled black ears or Hotots that look more like the English Spot, which have lots of small dark dots on their fur. Even Lionhead Rabbits can have these characteristic eye circles.

Hotot Rabbit Photo: Sindii/Shutterstock

History and Origin

Hotots were first shown in 1922. This rabbit was named after the town where breeder Eugénie Bernard lived, a small community in northern France by the name of Hotot-en-Auge. The Blanc de Hotot has been recognized by the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) since 1979. The Dwarf Hotot first arose in the ’70s in Germany. Blanc de Hotots were crossed with Netherland Dwarves. This breed was officially recognized by the ARBA in 1983.


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