Meet the Russian Dwarf Hamster

Is this the best hamster for you?

The Russian Dwarf Hamster is more popularly known as the Campbell or Djungarian Hamster. They may seem plainer than the other pet hamsters but are actually just as adorable!


These hamsters are sweet and easy to tame. They are good choices for beginners. They breed easily, are social, and have many varieties of coat colors.

Consider if this is the perfect pet hamster for your fancy!

Campbells Vs. Winter Whites. People used to think the Winter White Hamster and Campbells were the same species so people often get them confused when referring to their shared names. They look very similar and can co-exist in some cases.

cute russian dwarf hamster in orange peel
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Health. These hamsters love to munch on seeds and veggies. They normally live around 1.5 to 2 years which is on the shorter side for hamsters. They are prone to develop cancer and obesity.

Breeding. They can breed 3 to 4 times a year, especially from April to September. They also have large litters such as 7 to 8 pups. It helps that the male parent is always there to help. Their pups are easy to raise. Are you planning to raise hamsters? These hamsters are great for breeding.

Social. Campbells wake around 6PM an are most active in February to March. They are slow moving and easy to handle. They are friendly to humans and other Campbell hamsters as long as they have enough territory to not feel invaded.



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Russian Hamsters are such cute pets. They are sweet and active. They are also popular. Will this breed be your new pet?

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I think it isn't cute enough"....... Jk it is so cute

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Hammy,we never knew whether was a boy or girl, but he was a very sociable hamster. He would come to the edge of his cage. We kept him in the family room …

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I have a Russian named Igor, Iggy for short, and he is almost 1. He is the friendliest and sweetest hamster ever, not that I have much experience. He is …

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