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Old 12-10-2018, 12:34 PM   #1
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Question Hybrids

I'm a bit confused. If dwarf Cambells and dwarf Winter Whites are different species that would never breed in the wild and it is a risk to the mom and pups then why is it easy to find hybrids and rare to find pure Cambells and pure Winter Whites?
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:17 PM   #2
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Human intervention. In the wild they are separated geographically and have evolved to slightly different shapes and lifestyles. They would never meet in the wild. WW and campbells have evolved some different colours so humans thought it would be good to combine these to get the characteristics of both species in one hamster however you don't just combine the good but also the bad genes and these tend to amplify and cause issues in the hybrids. Once it is in there you can never remove the hybrid genes from a line. Now there are so many hybrids and people care more about the colours than the health. Disease often develops long after the hybrids have been already bred and the pet shops don't keep records of how the lines health is. So it goes on an on with glaucoma, diabetes, birthing problems etc in the lines.
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:56 PM   #3
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How sad. Humans have a lot to answer for.

Glad you asked this Yyvo, often wondered myself.
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Old 12-10-2018, 05:51 PM   #4
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Thank you for the explanation. I appreciate your knowledge.
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:15 PM   #5
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Nature thought of everything! If WW and Campbellís should never meet in the wild, the certainly shouldnít meet in captivity.
Pet shops and some breeders donít realise this till itís too late.
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