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The Campbell's Russian Hamster, (Phodopus campbelli)

Albino & Argente Campbell's Russian Hamsters

Also called the Striped Hamster, the Dzjungarian Hamster and the Hairy Footed Hamster, this is the commonest of the Dwarf hamsters and the most frequently available in pet shops.  Size and colouring are similar to the Chinese hamster, but the build is totally different, being much broader and with a shorter, furry tail.  In addition, the fur is very thick and woolly, unlike the silky fur of the Chinese hamster.  This thick fur is an adaptation to their natural environment, the steppes of Mongolia and Northern China..

Normal Campbell's Russian Hamster

Campbell's hamsters come in several colours; the Normal, (Grey), the Argenté, (Sandy to Ginger with red eyes), the Mottled, (Normal or Argenté with white patches), and the Albino.  In addition there is also the Black Eyed White, the Black and the Platinums, (where the colour is diluted to a pastel shade). New colours, such as Lilac, are being developed by selective crossing of the different colour mutations.

The temperaments of individual Campbell's hamsters vary, but they are usually outgoing and friendly if handled confidently.

Articles on Campbell's Hamsters
Campbell Exhibition Standards
Judging Dwarf Hamsters
Judging Dwarf Hamsters (Pt2)

 

Colours
Standard

Albino

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Argente

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Normal

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Non-Standard

Argente Mottled

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Argente Platinum

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Black-Eyed White

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Black

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Black Banded

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Normal Mottled

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Platinum

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Normal Satin

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Coat Types

Satin Coated

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