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All About Dwarf Hamsters
Dwarf Hamster?!?!


Dwarf Hamster?!?!
Dwarf Hamsters vs. Syrian Hamsters
My Hamster Gallery
Home Sweet Home
Food for Thought
Handling and Taming Your Dwarf
It's All in the Name
Male or Female?
Getting Started: A Shopping List
Keeping Up on Your Hamster
Hamster Wars
Dwarf Hamster Health Problems
Dwarf Hamster Genetics
Cheap Ways to Spoil Your Dwarf
Fascinating Hamster Facts
Dwarf Hamster Necessities and Tips
Hamster Toys
Dwarf Hamster Do's and Don'ts
The New Hamster Checklist
Bundles of Joy
Caring for the New Arrivals
Helpful Hamster Links

What on earth IS a dwarf hamster? Well, you're in the right place!

Phodopus Campbelli

Aaaahhh, yes. So, you want a hamster? You're probably thinking there can only be one or two types of hamsters, right? Wrong! There are so many species out there! The most common are Syrians and dwarf hamsters. Syrians are your regular size hamsters, probably around eight inches long. They go by names such as Teddy Bear hamsters, Golden hamsters, and so forth. But, you want to go small, huh? Then dwarf hamsters are for you! They grow to a maximum length of four inches. Interested? Keep reading!

Now, specifically dwarf speaking here, there are four species or types. There are Campbell's or Djungarians(my favorite and the kind this site focuses on), Roborovskiis, Siberians or Winter Whites, and Chinese. Siberians and Campbell's are very closely related, but always remember they are two different species, and you can't mix them.

Black Dwarf Hamster

So, you think owning a Campbell's hamster might be kind of fun? Well, it definitely is! They are social and prefer to live with a cage mate, unlike Syrians, who can't live together. Campbells form colonies and families. They raise their pups together and sometimes form strong, monogamous bonds with one another. It's kind of like having your own little family.

Where do Campbell's dwarf hamsters come from?

These little critters are found in China, Russia, and Mongolia. They haven't been around too long. Discovered by W.C. Campbell in the early 1900's, these dwarfs are named in his honor. (Phodopus Campbellis...catching a theme, here?) They are called Phodopus Campbelli 1) Because Phodopus (in Latin), means blistered foot and they appear to have a fused foot pad. 2) Because W.C. Campbell discovered them. So, now that you know all about the history of dwarfs, you can advance on to find out more about their life in the 21st century.

Agouti-colored dwarf (also known as the wild type)