Hi and welcome to my blog! My name is Emily and I raise the adorable Dwarf Hotot rabbits. I strive for rabbits with lovable and gentle temperments, and quality that measures up to the standard of perfection for this breed. Visit my website for more info about me and my gorgeous little rabbits at: http://emilyshoppinhotots.weebly.com
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I get kind of frustrated when I find comments on the Internet that go like this: "Well, so-and-so told me that all dwarf rabbits are mean".... or, "Don't get dwarf hotots, they are really mean", etc. I'll see if I can collect all my scatter-brained thoughts on this and put them in a post, more for me, as I need to vent somewhere, this frustrates me! :( What people don't understand is that it's really not the breed, although I'm sure some breeds are more naturally affectionate than others (although I've only had one, so I'm just assuming), you can't just put a label on a breed and say they are positively "mean".... especially hotots. :)
What it all really boils down to is the breeder. If they are just raising rabbits to to make a buck and are pushing their does to get as many babies as possible... well, when you have zillions of babies, how are you going to make time for them all? And if making money is your only goal, then temperament just isn't as important. For me, I don't want to have so many babies that I can't "keep up", and end up with skittish, unfriendly bunnies. But don't get me wrong... I'm not criticizing big breeders, I would like to expand my rabbitry as time and money permits :), but I think temperament should be one of our first priorities, not put on the "back burner", so to speak. I've handled rabbits that weren't handled enough before, and it's not pretty.
When bunnies are handled from birth on a daily basis, they are just naturally friendly. And when they aren't.... you got it. They are scared! Because duh, they haven't been handled before so obviously it's going to freak them out! The more you handle your rabbit, the friendlier it becomes. Period. OK, well... maybe there is an exception for some mean rabbit that is just born mean and dies mean... I don't know, because I've never had one. :)
Take Mickey, for example. Anyone from 1 to 100 can handle him. He's a sweetheart! He's constantly hanging his head out the cage begging me to scratch his head. He was a single kit and was handled TONS from the very start. I can let him run around the yard without worrying about him running off, because I can just walk up to him and pick him up and he is not one bit scared.
So, know your breeder! Ask them questions. Handle their bunnies. When you hold it, it should be calm and happy (if you're handling it correctly, that is). This is what I aim for with my bunnies. Handling them is important, especially because a lot of them go to homes with little kids. I hand feed my bunnies, play with them, cuddle them, dish out lotsa head scratches, and..... guess what??? The love it. They are cuddly, sweet, and affectionate. And I get comments like the one I got today on the phone. Someone was calling to be put on the waiting list. A friend of theirs got a bun from me and they said they were so impressed by how it was so "calm" and "laid back".
So in conclusion, don't just put a label on a breed. Every bun is different, every breeder is different, and when they are being handled daily, it makes a difference!
Just my humble opinion, thanks for reading. ;-)
Here's Mickey... "please, just one more head scratch".