Syrian Hamsters The Campbell and Winter White are often considered to be Siberian hamsters which also includes a breed called the Djungarian. The Chinese and Robo are considered to be two separate breeds from each other and the Siberian. The exact classification of breeds varies among professionals and breeders and are often interchangeable. That said though, always ask for a picture of the pet you are ordering if you go through a breeder.
You can avoid a mix up by going to a pet store to personally pick out your new pet. You can also go to animal shelters like the Best Friends Animal Society network to adopt an unwanted hamster. We strongly recommend this option if your local shelters accept and adopt unwanted small animals.
Characteristics and Traits Adults only grow 3. Taking this into consideration and in combination with its small stature, makes it a less than ideal option for small children. If you do decide to keep a community of dwarf Campbells in a single hamster cage, you should be aware of a few things about how to take care of a dwarf hamster: Though not as territorial as the larger Syrians, small fights can break out. Being rather vocal little guys, their scuffles might not be as serious as they appear.
You only need to separate them only if hamsters have visible scratches or cuts check their underbellies Males tend to be easier to house together than females. Separating sexes will avoid unwanted babies. With mixed gender communities, litters of baby hamsters will occur ever 18 days. At first these little guys could only be obtained through breeders, but as the demand for a small hamster increased, local pet stores started carrying them.
However, through breeding programs, these little pets now come in almost as many color variations as the larger syrian hamster breed does. Winter Whites originate from the southern and western portions of Siberia and eastern Kazakhstan where the winters are cold and snowy. Features The body of the Winter White hamster round and oval about 3 to 4 inches cm in length with a short tail.
The color of this breed is not limited to all white like the name would suggest. In nature, its color is a grayish brown upper with a whitish gray belly divided along the midsection with three distinct arches.
During the winter months the fur will become more white. The will sleep longer and wake up later on in the day though. On average they spend less time out of their burrows or hamster houses than the Campbell dwarf; nearly twice as much. Due to the cold nature of their habitat, they live in communities and the males help take care of their young.
See how to take care of a hamster for care information. The Winter White hamster is known to cause more allergic reactions in humans than any other breed. Back to Top Russian Dwarf Hamster A Russian dwarf hamster is the term used to identify the following three varieties of hamsters: Campbells, Winter White and Robo or Roborovski.
They are all referred to as Russian hamsters because of the region they were first discovered in. While all three breeds of Russian dwarf hamsters are closely related, you should avoid housing mixed genders of different varieties to keep from creating new hybrid species. There is no telling how healthy or unhealthy the offspring would be. Caring for This Breed Russian hamsters, like all dwarf breeds can be housed together in communities or be kept by themselves in their own cage.
There are usually no problems with these communities but sometimes small fights might breakout. In these situations you should separate them for a time being and only separate them permanently if the fighting is intense and there are visible signs of injury. Give your Russian dwarf hamsters plenty of space to run around and escape from any bullying. A larger habitat with multiple habitats and hamster tubes and tunnels will help provide a happier and healthier environment for the community.
Originating from the Mongolia and northern China, the Chinese hamster is adapted well for climbing as this region is rocky and mountainous. These little guys are known to be active both day and night during the summer months. Features The Chinese dwarf has certain features that makes it easily recognized among the other hamster types.
For starters, this breed has more elongated body shape than the Campbells, Robo and Winter White hamster. An adult can grow to 4 to 5 inches 10 cm and weigh 1. It has a longer tail than these other breeds as well, up to an inch in length. The Chinese hamster has short stubby legs to make its body appear even longer. Caring for This Breed You can keep a community of these in one hamster cage but when a female Chinese Dwarf is pregnant, it can become aggressive towards males.
Provide plenty of hiding places as well as dwarf sized tubes and tunnels to connect different living chambers. This should ensure the safety of all the hamsters in the cage. Learn more about how to take care of a hamster. Features A fully grown adult Roborovski is 3. Brownish yellow in color with no dorsal stripe.
The life span of this dwarf breed is around 3. Caring for it Like all dwarf hamster types, the Robo can live in communities or separately. Small fights might occur but the only need to be separated if the fighting is serious. As a small type of hamster, the robo is fast and hard to handle.
They are not suitable for young children but can be tamed well. This is not an indication of your pet being sick or even bored; they are simply known to be the late risers in the pet hamster world. Their most active period is during the late evening around 9 to 11pm.