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Black Otter Rex Rabbit

Nicole Cosgrove

Black otter rex rabbits are popular around the world for many reasons, most notably their fur and their temperament. These rabbits are generally easy to care for, especially compared to other types of pets β€” notably, cats and dogs. They are easy to find, and they do not require a ton of accessories and resources to thrive. We discuss everything there is to know about the black otter rex rabbit, including their behavior, care requirements, grooming needs, and health considerations.divider-rabbitpaw1

Quick Facts about Black Otter Rex Rabbits

Species Name: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Care Level: Moderate
Temperature: 65-85 degrees
Temperament: Calm, curious, friendly
Color Form: Black with otter markings
Lifespan: 5-6 years
Size: 7-11 pounds
Diet: Hay, commercial pellets, veggies, fruit
Minimum Tank Size: 44 square feet for living and exercise
Tank Set-Up: Cage, bedding, toys, litter box, food, water
Compatibility: Singles, families, multi-rabbit households

Black Otter Rex Overview

The black otter rex rabbit is a medium-sized, stout animal with a heavily arched back and gorgeous black fur with a super soft, velvet-like finish. These rabbits are raised for meat in most parts of the world, but they have become beloved pets in households in many places, especially the United States.

These rabbits are typically laidback and like to be handled. But they definitely have a curious side that can get them into trouble if they are left unattended while outside of their cage. Great with kids, fellow rabbits, and even some other types of animals, this rabbit is an awesome pet option for households of many types.

How Much Do Black Otter Rex Rabbits Cost?

It typically costs anywhere between $50 and $75 to purchase a black otter rex rabbit from a breeder or a pet shop. Sometimes, you can find these rabbits at the humane society or other animal shelters for free or at a minimal cost, but they will likely be few and far between. If you do not mind waiting for a while to get a new black otter rex rabbit, you can put a request in at rescue centers.divider-multipet

Typical Behavior & Temperament

These rabbits are calm by nature, but they are also curious and like to experience new things regularly. They appreciate access to a variety of toys and enjoy being handled by humans. They will happily cuddle in your lap or play with interactive toys while spending time with family members.

Black otter rex rabbits are most active during dawn and dusk, but they will come out to play with their family members at various points throughout the day. These are vocal animals, and they like to squeal and squeak when they get excited, whether while playing or when family members come home after being away.

Appearance & Varieties

As the name suggests, the black otter rex rabbit has black fur with otter markings on their underbellies. Their coats are thick, luxurious, and enjoyable to pet. Their heads are broad, their ears are upright, and their whiskers are curly, which gives them a whimsical look.

The females are typically a little heavier and bigger than males. The girls weigh between 8 and 11 pounds when fully grown, and the boys tend to weigh in at between 7 and 9 pounds. These rabbits come in a miniature version too, in which both mini males and females typically weigh between 3 and 4.5 pounds when fully grown.

How to Take Care of Black Otter Rex Rabbits

The black otter rex rabbit should live in a caged habitat most of the time for their own protection, but they can be litter box trained, so they can spend time outside of their cage and roam throughout your home without making a mess. They should be provided with interactive toys to keep them busy while spending time in their habitat. Here is what else you should know about caring for a black otter rex rabbit.

Habitat, Tank Conditions & Setup

Your rabbit’s cage should be comprised of both living and exercise space. The average-sized black otter rabbit should be provided with at least 12 square feet of space for living alone. A connected habitat of at least 32 square feet should also be available for hopping, stretching out, playing with toys, and using the litter box. A food dish and a water dispenser should be stored in the exercise quarters too.


The floor of your black otter rex rabbit’s living quarters should be covered with bedding of some type for comfort and to help absorb moisture. Commercial bedding can be purchased at pet shops and online. You can make bedding by shredding newspaper or paper towels too.


These rabbits do not do well in extremely hot or cold temperatures. Moderate temperatures of between 65 and 85 degrees are preferable, but they can live in slightly cooler and warmer climates without the need for temperature control. If living inside the house, no special accommodations should be needed. If living outside, a space heater during the winter and a fan during the summer may be necessary.

What to Feed Your Black Otter Rex Rabbit

Like all rabbits, the black otter rex eats hay and/or commercially produced alfalfa pellets as their predominant source of calories. They should eat about 1/2 cup of pellets or the equivalent of hay β€” or a mixture of both β€” every day. Also, these rabbits require vegetable offerings, such as dark leafy greens, carrots, and cucumbers daily. Fruit can be offered as snacks a few times a week.Divider-rabbit2

Keeping Your Black Otter Rex Rabbit Healthy

Just like cats and dogs, these rabbits need veterinarian care and vaccinations throughout their lives to stay healthy. Yearly checkups should be scheduled starting as soon as you bring your new pet rabbit home for the first time. Making sure that your rabbit gets the right food, enough exercise, and plenty of attention from family members every day is also crucial for optimal health and high quality of life.

Do Black Otter Rex Rabbits Get Along With Other Pets?

These rabbits tend to enjoy the company of other rabbits, no matter their particular breed. They are also known for hanging out with friendly dogs and cats on occasion. Other animals that they can get along with include guinea pigs and turtles. Introducing them to other animals while they are still babies will help ensure their acceptance of those animals when they are adults.divider-rabbitpaw1

Are Black Otter Rex Rabbits Suitable for You?

If you have the time to dedicate to an animal and space in your home for a rabbit habitat, there should be no reason that a black otter rex rabbit could not fit in well with your household dynamics. But the ultimate decision as to whether this type of rabbit is suitable is up to you. Have you already made up your mind, or do you still have soul searching to do? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.