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Old 07-11-2019, 12:32 PM   #1
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I bought my first ever hamster from petsmart. They said she is a winter white. But Iíve been reading some posts and they say most pet store hams are hybrids. Can anyone tell me if she looks like a pure winter white or if she looks more hybrid?? It doesnít matter to me because I will love her either way, I just want to know. Iím worried if she IS a hybrid that she will be prone to more illnesses since Iíve heard that hybrids tend to have a lot of health issues. Also, if she IS a hybrid, I feel as though itís really wrong for petsmart to not disclose that information. Since sheís my first I donít know a whole lot about hams so if she does look like a hybrid what do you think sheís mixed with ? She is grey with white cheeks, a white belly and white tail and a black stripe that starts on the top of her head going down the center of her back.
Here are some photos of her:
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:45 PM   #2
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Winter whites tend to have more a round face, hybrids have pointy ones.
Also the ears are rounded more if winter whites.
Yours looks similar to mine and from a pet store probably looks more hybrid.
If you google and compare pictures you can see.
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:49 PM   #3
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Any "winter white" or "Russian dwarf" hamster from a pet store is practically guaranteed to be a hybrid, same with shelters etc. Unless there's a pedigree and you get one from an actual breeder, they're almost definitely going to be a hybrid. That being said, hybrids can still make wonderful pets!
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:01 AM   #4
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Is that her permanent living cage? If so it's unfortunatly way too small!
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