Golden hamsters & co.
Animal lovers find them simply adorable: Golden hamsters are one of the most popular pets of all time. But these days, these hamsters from the mesocricetus genus have competition. Dwarf hamsters, such as Winter White and Roborovski dwarf hamsters, have also captured our hearts. There is one thing you should know if you are interested in these furry little friends: Caring for them is similar to the golden hamster, but they typically do not become tame very easily. They are more for looking at and watching than for touching and petting. Moreover, prophylaxis is important with dwarf hamsters because they are more prone to illness.
The White Winter dwarf hamster
The Winter White dwarf hamster is a smaller cousin of the golden Syrian. It belongs to the short-tailed species of dwarf hamsters. These animals grow to a length of seven to ten centimetres and weigh between 30 and 55 grams. In the warm months of the year their coat is ash-grey to dark brown with a dark stripe running down their back; in the winter the fur becomes thicker and lighter, sometimes even white. You can feed them with a regular dwarf hamster mix. If you want to give them some fresh food, these little animals will need some time to get used to it. Winter White dwarf hamsters are very similar to Campbell dwarf hamsters in every respect, which originate from more Eastern areas and are about the same size and weight.
The Roborovski dwarf hamster
The Roborovski dwarf hamster also belongs to the short-tailed hamsters. They grow to a length of seven to nine centimetres, weigh between 20 and 24 grams, and have coat ranging from a light grey to grey, which is soft as silk and white on the belly. Roborovski dwarf hamsters are easy to recognise with their characteristic white spot above each eye. To feed these pets you will also need a mix with smaller grains than for golden hamsters.
The Chinese Hamster
Then there are also long-tailed dwarf hamsters such as the Cricetulus griseus, otherwise known as the Chinese hamster. Chinese hamsters look very different than the other three types mentioned above. They have a longer tail (about two centimetres in length) and a more slender body, which gives them a mouse-like appearance. This small hamster grows to a length of nine to 12 centimetres and weighs between 35 and 40 grams. Chinese hamsters are still not very common and there is not a lot of information on them available, so you should get expert advice before keeping them. You can feed them with various seed mixes for birds.
And what about Teddy hamsters? Teddy hamsters are actually not dwarf hamsters, but a special breed of golden hamster with longer fur. They are also called angora hamsters because of this.
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