THE RUSSIANDWARFHAMSTER
COMMON NAMES OF THE SPECIE Siberian Dwarf Hamster, Winter White Hamster, Djungarian Hamster, Campbells Dwarf Hamster,...
DESCRIPTION Russian Hamsters shares the general description of  being a "mouse-like animal with a thick-set body, short  ...
WINTER WHITE RUSSIAN   DWARF HAMSTER
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 exercis...
S.A.M CAGES   HABITRAIL CAGES
FEEDING In the wild : seeds, insects and other animal or plant  material. In captivity :    seed-based diet   +small amo...
BREEDING The ideal age for the female Dwarf Russian hamster  to start breeding is between 3 and 4 months of age.  The mal...
AS A PET Most active in the evening, with some activity  continued throughout the night. Always speak to the hamsters be...
DISEASES   Respiratory infections   Intestinal upsets   Males are prone to infections of the umbilical scar.
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    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.

    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. There is also an albino strain and a satin-coated variety.

    Under natural lighting conditions, some Russian Hamsters will turn partially or completely white in the winter months and they are called 'Winter White' hamsters.

    Hamsters in their winter coat can be distinguished from albinos by their black eyes, unlike the deep pink eyes of the albinos.





    HOUSING



    Russian Dwarf hamsters are small, so they do quite well with cages and equipment intended for mice. But i have also seen the 'Habitrail' and 'S.A.M.' brand cages being used, although the hamsters do have more difficulty climbing the tubes.

    The cage should be lined with pine shavings, NEVER CEDAR! Because many individuals are very sensitive to the oil of cedar and it can cause their deaths.

    It should be equipped with a water bottle, an exercise wheel and a salt block at a minimum.

    They are burrowing animals by nature and therefore love paper towel and toilet paper tubes and anything else they can scoot in and out of.

    A lid is generally not necessary, as they are poor climbers, but it does insure against the Olympic-class hamster, cats, and the tendency of anything that you DON'T want to be shredded in to the hamsters cage. Weekly cage cleaning is generally adequate.



    FEEDING



    In the wild, Russian Dwarf Hamsters subsist on a diet which consists of seeds, insects and other animal or plant material.

    In captivity, they do well on a diet of a properly formulated hamster food.

    A seed-based diet is not recommended for the captive animal, as they will pick and choose the tastiest seeds and leave the rest. This self-selection leads to nutritional deficiencies and reduced lifespan.

    Of course you can supply hamster with small amounts of healthy treats such as carrots, broccoli, salad leaves, and most other vegetables. Occasional ham and chicken is appreciated as well. Uneaten fresh food should be removed daily.

    As do other hamsters, the Russian Dwarf Hamster carries food in its cheek pouches, either to a hiding place in a corner of the cage or to the nest for a late snack.





    BREEDING



    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



    Russian Dwarf Hamsters are most active in the evening, with some activity continued throughout the night.

    They also are docile.

    Because they are very nearsighted, the hamster owner should always speak to the hamsters before handling them. They will become accustomed to the voice, and be much calmer and less likely to bite, than if a hand reaches down from the sky and seizes them.

    With regular handling, they too will allow you to pick them up.

    I've also found that they prefer to step DOWN from something, such as a platform, into a hand; it seems that it is the attack from above that triggers a defensive response.

    Of course, any animal will bit if mistreated or frightened, and an animal that is not handled will not become accustomed to humans. They have short memories; handle your hamster, or at least speak to it, daily for best behavior.









    DISEASES



    Respiratory infections - basically, tiny little hamster colds, complete with tiny little hamster sniffles!

    Intestinal upsets - often caused by fresh greens and other dietary imbalances.

    Diarrhea can dehydrate and kill an animal as small as a Russian Dwarf Hamster very quickly.

    Males are prone to infections of the umbilical scar (bellybutton) - a result of unclean cage conditions during infancy.
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The russian dwarf hamster

  1. 1. THE RUSSIANDWARFHAMSTER
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. WINTER WHITE RUSSIAN DWARF HAMSTER
  5. 5. WINTER WHITE – FRONT WINTER WHITE – SIDEWINTER WHITE – REAR WINTER WHITE - FACE
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. S.A.M CAGES HABITRAIL CAGES
  8. 8. FEEDING In the wild : seeds, insects and other animal or plant material. In captivity : seed-based diet +small amounts of vegetables + meat =
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. DISEASES Respiratory infections Intestinal upsets Males are prone to infections of the umbilical scar.

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