COMMON NAMES OF THE SPECIE Siberian Dwarf Hamster, Winter White Hamster, Djungarian Hamster, Campbells Dwarf Hamster, Hairy-Footed Dwarf Hamster.For the clarity, I will be referred simply asthe Russian Dwarf Hamster.
DESCRIPTION Russian Hamsters shares the general description of being a "mouse-like animal with a thick-set body, short tail, and cheek pouches.“ Dwarf Russian hamster can live 1.5 to 2 years. The body length varies from 53 to 102 mm, with an additional 7 to 11 mm of tail. Male is larger than the female. The fur of the upper body is grayish or pinkish buff. A dark dorsal stripe runs thru the body. The underside and the sides of the muzzle, upper lips, lower cheeks, lower flanks, limbs, and tail are white.
WINTER WHITE – FRONT WINTER WHITE – SIDEWINTER WHITE – REAR WINTER WHITE - FACE
HOUSING The cage should be lined with pine shavings, NEVER CEDAR! It should be equipped with a water bottle, an exercise wheel and a salt block. Paper towel, toilet paper tubes or anything else that they can scoot in and out of. A lid is generally not necessary, as they are poor climbers. Weekly cage cleaning is generally adequate.
FEEDING In the wild : seeds, insects and other animal or plant material. In captivity : seed-based diet +small amounts of vegetables + meat =
BREEDING The ideal age for the female Dwarf Russian hamster to start breeding is between 3 and 4 months of age. The male stays with the female during the pregnancy and after the young have been born. The male is involved in the upbringing of the young. Dwarf Russian hamster can produce, on average, 4-6 young. Litters of up to 10 or more have been recorded.
AS A PET Most active in the evening, with some activity continued throughout the night. Always speak to the hamsters before handling them. With regular handling, they too will allow you to pick them up. Of course, any animal will bit if mistreated or frightened. They have short memories.
DISEASES Respiratory infections Intestinal upsets Males are prone to infections of the umbilical scar.