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Blanc de Hotot - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Blanc de Hotot is a large rabbit with frosty white coat and black rings around the dark eyes. The medium length body appears strong and muscular. The erect ears are carried in a V-shaped manner. The hindquarters are deep, full and well-rounded. The topline rises slightly from the neck to the hindquarters. The eyes are brown. The eyelashes are black. The coat colour should be solid white except the mentioned black bands around the eyes which should be 1/16 to 1/8 inch wide. Incomplete eyebands, or any other colour than black is a disqualification in show rabbits. The fur is lustrous, fine, and abundant. Once or twice a week grooming with a slicker brush should be fine. In shedding periods, daily grooming is preferred.
The weight is 8 to 11 pounds. Females tend to be larger.
TemperamentEven though their personality can differ from one individual to another, Hotots are generally quite calm and docile rabbits that thrive on attention. They make perfectly adorable friends. Does are fairly good mothers that have good-sized litters.
Health and hutchThe breed is quite hardy and can be raised in almost any wire hutch.
Other interesting factsThe breed was developed in Hotot-en-Auge, in Normandy near the port of LeHavre in northern France. The Blanc de Hotot was brought to America in 1921-1922. The breed was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) in 1979. Translated from French, "Blanc de Hotot" meeans "White of Hotot". There is also another variety of the Hotot rabbit - Dwarf Hotot.
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