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Russian Dwarf Hamster

Any dwarf hamster is cute but there is something unique about a Russian dwarf hamster. Within this particular species, there are several families which include the Campbell’s Russian dwarf hamster, the Roborovski’s Russian dwarf hamster and the Winter White Russian dwarf hamster. All of these are just as tiny as any other dwarf hamster however the Roborovski is the smallest when adult as they are approximately 4 – 5 centimeters in length.

The Campbell’s Russian

The Campbell’s Russian, also known as the Djungaria, is nicknamed so as they originate from an area called Djungaria in Mongolia. The Campbell’s are the most common with pet stores. The coloring and markings you will find are due to creative breeding processes which make have this particular hamster a must. Interesting enough, not only will you find spotted or mottled colorings but you may also find shades of blue or even a lilac.

The Roborovski’s Russian

As mentioned earlier, the Roborovski is the smallest dwarf hamster within this family so it can fit through the cross-wires of many cages; solid walled homes (or at least halfway up) are the best for these little guys. Originating from both the Western and Eastern deserts of Mongolia and also from Northern China, the Roborovski’s have smaller bodies but longer legs for walking in the sands. For natural camouflage, their fur is typically that of a sandy brown along with a slate undercoat. In regards to grooming, these cute little guys are very clean and loves a good dust bath.

The Winter White Russian

This particular family may be the most interesting of the three Russian dwarf hamster families discussed here. The Winter White’s are rarer than the Campbell’s however they are common as they are friendly and go make good pets. Keep in mind that they are generally sold in pairs so expect to bring two home.

So what is so interesting about the Winter White’s? They are able to change their coloring in the winter; this is a natural occurrence that helps to protect them in the snowy months. For most of the year, they are a dark gray which can easily be seen in white snow. The color change occurs with the help from a lack of sun. It is very intriguing to watch their coloring change as the fall months change into the winter months; luckily for us this trait stays with them even in captivity. Keep in mind that artificial lighting does not affect the color change; it must be a loss of natural light.

Just like any miniature animal, dwarf hamsters are cute and make them even more adorable to have as pets. Also like other miniatures, they are more delicate and may have more medical issues than their “normal” sized counterparts. Being so small, dwarf hamsters can easily escape into small spaces so they must be secured at all times for their safety. You can give your Russian dwarf hamster a ball to roam around your home in and other toys too; just ensure that they can’t get injured if the toy gets stuck or broken.


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