The term “Russian dwarf hamster” can refer to either of 2 species – the Campbell’s dwarf hamster or the Winter White dwarf hamster. It can also refer to a hybrid of the two. Russian dwarf hamsters are also known as Siberian hamsters or Siberian dwarf hamsters. Russian dwarves that are colorful and attractive are also labeled fancy Russian dwarf hamsters in pet shops. However, this is simply a marketing term and there is nothing different about a ‘fancy’ apart from its color.
A Russian dwarf hamster, whether Campbell’s, Winter White, or hybrid, typically measures 3 to 4 inches in adulthood. Hybrids tend to be slightly bigger. Campbell’s and Winter Whites are frequently mistaken for each other due to their similarity. At one point, they were even confused for the same species by scientists. They can live for between one to three years.
Here’s a very informational video that shows a Campbell’s dwarf hamster and a hybrid:
Here’s a video of my winter white hamster, Oatmeal:
Russian dwarf hamster colors
Russian dwarves, especially Campbells, come in a wide variety of colors. This table lists each species and the colors they are available in. To see some of these colors, visit this page.
|Dark Gray||Merle (pattern)||Mandarin|
|Argente||Imperial White (pattern)||Moscow|
Russian dwarf hamster care
As with other dwarf hamsters, caring for Russian dwarf hamsters requires the right supplies, feeding them the correct diet, and keeping their cages clean. All these and more are covered in our dwarf hamster care page.
Taming your hamster
This is a great video on taming winter whites, but can also be applied to other dwarf hamsters.
- Start by giving your hamster treats so it associates you with rewards.
- When attempting to tame your hamster, have its wheel out too so it feels at home.
- Your hamster will run on the wheel a lot if when it’s nervous.
- Instead of grabbing your hamster, lift it up with both hands.
- Feed your hamster treats once it’s on your hand.
- Don’t be afraid if your hamster nibbles once in a while.
- If you can get your hamster to sit in your hand without trying to run away, you’ve successfully tamed it!
If you have any questions, comments, or tips, be sure to leave a comment. Thank you for reading!
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