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Old 09-03-2018, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Do I have a Hybrid Dwarf?

I recently got a dwarf hamster from Petco and was wondering if it was a hybrid or not. According to the paper work it's a Djungarian Hamster(aka Winter White). The Petco website does distinguish between Campbell's Dwarf and the DJ. Is this false advertising? My hamster does look very much like a winter white but I know that with hybrids it can be hard to tell. The coloring is very distinct to a winter whites though.
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: Do I have a Hybrid Dwarf?

You have to assume you have a hybrid if you got the hamster from a pet shop. They’ll look either more Campbells or more winter white but they’ll still very likely be a hybrid. Some stores do try and differentiate between them but without the hamster’s background you really cannot know.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:19 AM   #3
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Default Re: Do I have a Hybrid Dwarf?

I agree, if you don't have a proper history from a breeder than best to take it that you have a hybrid.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:23 AM   #4
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Cool. Thanks. I guess it is most likely that my hamster is a hybrid. I was just curious.
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Old 09-04-2018, 10:25 AM   #5
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Default Re: Do I have a Hybrid Dwarf?

To my knowledge there is currently no 'pure' Campbells/Winter Whites in the USA however many owners find that their hamster has a closer resemblance to one species or the other and I feel that is probably how the pet shops determine what to sell them as.

I think that different countries have different definitions of what a Hybrid is. Some say that they are a Winter White if their ancestors for the past x generations have all been the one species but other countries consider a hamster to be a Hybrid if there was ever another species in their ancestry.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:20 PM   #6
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Default Re: Do I have a Hybrid Dwarf?

Congrats on your ham!
Like others have said, the changes are you have a hybrid. Some look more like a WW or Campbell’s. Most petstores do give out false advice so, I would suggest not listening to them.
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