Meet the Siberian Hamster!

Could this be your favorite hamster?

The Siberian Hamster is definitely a crowd favorite. In the winter, its fur will turn all white due to temperature change. In its normal coat, it looks just like the Campbell Dwarf Hamster.

These hamsters are great for beginners. They are relatively easy to tame with proper training and social with other hamsters. They are also found in a wide variety of coat types.

Would this be the perfect pet for you?

Winter White vs Campbells. In the past, Siberian Hamsters and Campbell Hamsters were thought to be the same species. They were often found living in the same locations. And they can even cross-breed (although this is considered unethical).

But in recent decades, they proved to be separate species. Only Siberians turn white in winter and therefore affectionately called the Winter White Hamster.

adorable siberian hamster in hand
CC Image courtesy of Heungsub Lee on Flickr

Health. These hamsters live about a year to a year and a half. They are active late at night and particularly in November. They are prone to getting diabetes. Compared to the other hamsters, Winter Whites generally live shorter. Are you prepared for that?

Breeding. They breed best in April to September in a medium sized litter, 3 to 4 times a year. Males helps raise the pups unlike many other hamster species. If you're thinking about breeding, this hamster may be a great choice for you!

Social. They are social with humans as well as other Winter Whites. They may be friendly to Campbells too but not suggested to put them together. You can try housing more than one Winter White in a cage but make sure that the cage is large enough to give them enough territory.

Want to learn more?

Winter Whites are nice, calm pets. They are friendly to humans and change colors in the winter. Click to learn more about them:

About the Winter White Hamster Look.

See the normal Siberian Dwarf Hamster Gallery.

Also, don't miss pictures and videos of Siberian Dwarves in their Winter White coat.

Would you recommend Winter Whites?

Winter Whites have a special coat color changing ability which attracts many hamster fans. Have you had one before and what are your recommendations for something thinking about getting one?

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Great pets, usually very nice, easy to tame. Not rated yet
I've owned two Winter Whites. My first one was the usual grey colouring and my second one was a Pearl Winter White as some call it. They were easier to …

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Our hamster , hoppy is possibly one of the best pets we've ever had . He is so social towards humans , loves our dog and is so nosey and comical that we've …

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