Winter White Hamster – 8 Interesting Facts

What Are Dwarf Winter White Hamsters?


A winter white hamster is a Djungarian hamster, that is also known as Russian dwarf hamster.

They are a species very similar to Campbell’s Russian dwarf hamsters with a handful of unique differences. A winter white hamster will grow white fur in the winter changing their overall appearance to camouflage in snow. This makes them very hard to find in the wild.

Dwarf Winter White Hamster

Our Winter White Dwarf Hamster Changing Colours (White – Grey)

However this is not the only difference between Cambells and winter whites. Winter white hamsters have hairy feet compared to Campbell’s. See our recently adopted Dwarf winter white hamster video (click here).

How to Care For Winter Whites


 If you are the owner of a Winter White or a Campbell’s you should not treat them any different. They both enjoy the same food, big cage and toys/accessories. To learn how to care for a Russian dwarf hamster properly see our Care Section Here.

8 Interesting Winter White Hamster Facts


Dwarf hamsters are great pets to have and always put a smile on your face. Here are EIGHT winter white hamster facts.

1. Winter whites may train themselves not to change their fur color in the winter. Some hamsters realize that they do not need to change color when brought up in a cage or captivity. Although this is rare, it can happen.

8 Interesting Winter White Hamster Facts

They Camouflage Well

2. Although dwarf hamsters are nocturnal, winter whites are active in the day. Compared to Campbell’s who sleep in the day and only wake up to get food or water. Winter white hamsters are known to play in the day.

3. When choosing your perfect Russian dwarf hamster at the pet store you could find it harder to buy winter white dwarf hamsters. This is because they are much rarer and Cambell’s are more common. To find an original breed of winter white you could find yourself travelling further than you expected to get one.

4. A winter white hamster’s fur coat will change in the winter but varies uniquely. Some will become completely white and others may have slight patches, spots or whitening of certain areas only.

5. Winter whites generally are more tolerate to humans than Campbell’s and are less likely to bite. However this can vary depending on how good the reputable breeder that you purchased the hamster from was. For example, Russian dwarf hamsters that were left to fight with other families from a young age will be harder to tame and more likely to bite.

6. They originate from Siberia and have the Latin name of Phodopus Sungorus.

7. The name ‘dwarf’ was given to them due to their size. They grow to 3-4 inches long which is half the size of an average Syrian hamster. They also have a thicker dorsal stripe on their back and have hairy feet.

8. Winter white hamster behavior at an early age differs to Campbell’s. From the age of 2 weeks they can show aggression to their fellow companions. They are more vocal and make squeaking noises more often than pure Campbell’s. This is normal and their way of play fighting.

Do Winter White Hamsters Make Good Pets?


Yes… They make excellent pets for children (10+) and young adults. They do not make great pets for children under 10 years of age because they are easily scared and may bite. A Syrian hamster is more recommended for younger children.

Russian Dwarf Winter White Hamsters are easy to keep, handle and fairly inexpensive to own. When they are tamed they enjoy being handled, played with and interacted with. Need to tame your hamster? See our Video Tutorial called How to Tame a Winter White Hamster in Days.

Where Can I Buy Winter White Hamsters?

Where Can I Buy Winter White Hamsters?


If you prefer to have a winter white over any other type of hamster then the best place to find them is at your local pet store or breeder.

Ask someone who works there and they may have them out back or alternatively ask where you can find one. Depending on your area you could find it really hard to get a winter white hamster or fairly easy.

The one we adopted in the video above, was grouped with 4 other Djungarian hamsters before taken home by the previous owner. Then returned to the pet store and put in a cage on her own until we found her.

Always ask if they are a original winter white or a hybrid.

A hybrid is E.g. a winter white hamster and a Campbell’s bred to create hybrids. Many hybrids look like winter whites but will not turn white in the winter.

Best Cages For Winter White Dwarf Hamsters


When choosing a cage for your dwarf hamster you should always take consideration into size, accessories and the long term care.

A great cage that is recommended for being reliable, very creative and provides an excellent atmosphere for Russian dwarf hamsters is the Ferplast Laura Cage… Click Here to See Reviews

However aquariums are always a great way to keep hamster because they provide more space, room to play and visibility from other angles.

Conclusion

Campbell’s and Winter Whites are great pets to have. They are inexpensive to keep, look after and care for.

Both types of hamster are very similar and choosing one that is right for you will be easy when you see “your favourite” out of the bunch at the pet store. When tamed they are a delight to have.

See our video on how to tame a dwarf hamster by clicking here.

Have you got any more questions about winter white hamsters? Leave a comment.

Cheap Dwarf Hamster Cages – Top 3 Worth The Money?

Cheap Dwarf Hamster Cages - Combi Cage For Dwarf Hamsters

How Cages Are Before Set Up

If you are like me, a “Dwarf Hamster Lover”. Then you want the best dwarf hamster cages with out the HUGE price tag.

Dwarf hamster cages come in all shapes and sizes but are the expensive cages really worth the money? Or can you save money on a cheap dwarf hamster cage and give your hamster the life it deserves…

Today you are going to learn which dwarf hamster cages your hamster will love that can be bought for half the price of the big brands.

Cheap Hamster Cages for Dwarf Hamsters


Over the years I have brought cheap dwarf hamster cages & big brands and  learn’t the hard way. Dwarf hamsters love space, accessories and tubes!

Humans love cages that don’t allow escaping hamsters.

If  you are looking for the Best Cages for Dwarf Hamsters, I have reviewed a ton of different brands and styles. These are the more popular ones bought online.

Ferplast Laura Hamster Cage Continue reading

Dwarf Hamster Accessories – Top 10 They LOVE

The Best Dwarf Hamster Accessories, They LOVE


If you are like me and love watching your dwarf hamster play, chew and be happy, then you will want the best dwarf hamster accessories for your much loved hamster.

Dwarf hamsters are very energetic and need to burn off all their energy. Most off the time your average dwarf hamster wheel just is not enough. If you want to see the Top 10 accessories Russian, Chinese and Roborovski dwarf hamsters LOVE then read on…

Why are Hamster Cage Accessories Crucial for a Happy Hamster?

Top10Dwarfhamsteraccessoires theylove

A life without a interaction, entertainment and change would be dull. This is very similar to a hamsters life without hamster cage accessories.

Without playable toys, wheels to run in or tubes to climb through your hamster will simply find other ways to “entertain” themselves. This usually results in biting/climbing on the bars causing danger to your hamster and possible fatal outcomes.

Dwarf hamster accessories will actually help your hamster in many ways including:

1. Happier lifestyle, making them easier to tame, handle and play with.

2. More entertaining environment.

3. Healthier overall hamster because it will be keeping fit, roaming and doing what it loves… Exploring.

Hamster Accessories are very important and play a give role on a hamsters life. Here are our TOP 10 accessories for dwarf hamsters.

TOP 10 Dwarf Hamster Accessories They Love


 Number 10 is the wooden cube. The wooden cube is so simple yet so effective. Although plastic cubes are available, they never provide the fun for dwarf hamsters.

Being made of wood it is “fully chew able” whilst providing a great way to keep their teeth in shape.

Our wooden cube has lasted for almost 3 years now and I still see our hamsters enjoy it.

The wooden cube has holes on each angle, hamsters can climb through one way and come out any other way. This is only suitable for dwarf hamsters and is too small for Syrian hamsters.

You can find this at your local pet store.

Number 9 -Fun Tube


Number 9 makes any cage more enjoyable, fun and exciting. Dwarf hamsters in the wild love to dig tunnels, holes and live underground. This movable tube will help them feel at home whilst giving them new places to hide.

You will need some space for this as it is roughly the length of a adult human hand. See more reviews here.

Number 8 – Toilet Tubes


is a form of recycling in a way. Toilet tubes provide excellent bedding, portable tubes and store able materials for dwarf hamsters. They LOVE running through them, ripping them up and created nests with them.

Here is one of our Russian dwarf hamsters making use of his toilet tubes.

All types of tubes cardboard tubes can be given including kitchen roll tubes.

Number 7 – Double Block


Simple but yet again very fun for dwarf hamsters. This provides hiding areas, miniature housing and also helps teeth as It is chew able.

This dwarf hamster accessories can be found at your local pet store and comes only in one color. It can be placed anywhere and goes well with sawdust (bedding).

Number 6 – Tissue Paper


Tissue Paper is a great cheap alternative to buying hamster bedding and requires no more than just putting into their cage.

Hamsters natural instincts kick in when they see toilet roll and they create nests, beds and more with it. Instead of throwing away those toilet tubes after, let your hamsters play with them.

(Only give them clean plain toilet paper with no colors, images or designs)

Number 5 – Fresh Fruit & Beg Weekly


Fresh fruit or veg once a week is a great way to keep your hamster happy and healthy. See which fruits and vegeatbles are suitable for your Russian dwarf hamster in our care section here.

Number 4 – Wooden Bendable Accessories


Bendable wooden accessories are one of my personal favorite dwarf hamster accessories and can be moved around to create hamster houses, walls and platforms. These are truly a must have for any dwarf hamster cage or aquarium.

See the best deals on these here.

Number 3 – Silent Spinner


  • Price $10-20
  • Rating 4.5-5
  • Best Place to Buy – Click Here

The silent spinner is a faster spinning wheel that can be used anywhere. It also can be attached to a cage with bars or placed on the stand.

This faster wheel makes watching hamster running amusing. We recommend this over 90% of standard wheels that come with cages.

Number 2 – Exercise Ball


An excercise ball will keep your hamster fir and health whilst also providing some time out of the cage. The exercise ball is simple and requires your dwarf hamster to control it from the inside.

Never use this near stairs.

To get an exercise ball go to Amazon.com

Number 1 – Flying Saucer


  • Price roughly $10-20
  • Rating 5/5
  • Best Place To Buy – Click Here

The flying saucer is our number 1 in this top 10 dwarf hamster accessories.  It’s a great Hamster cage accessory because It can be used as a dwarf hamster wheel, is portable,lightweight, provides hours of running and fun.

This is better for a hamster back than a wheel as the back is straight whilst running. This helps prevent future problems that could be expensive. We recommend the flying saucer over most wheels as it is very easy to use and every hamster loves this.