The Dwarf Winter White Russian originates from Eastern Kazakhstan and South West Siberia where it lives among grassy steppes.
The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster is definitely the least common from the two species of Dwarf Russian Hamster kept as pets and it is therefore rarely seen in pet shops. The Dwarf Winter White Russian might be also known as the Siberian Hamster.
Both Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamster and the Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster are sometimes labeled as Djungarian Hamsters. The Russians themselves consider the Dwarf Winter White as the Djungarian but American Scientists refer the Campbells as the Djungarian. It’s however a really misleading name as neither species of Russian Hamster actually inhabit the region of Djungaria.
The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster is much more compact in shape compared to Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamster and has more prominent eyes, a roman nose and a curved spine towards the rear creating a bullet shaped body. Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamsters are approximately 8-10cm in length when full grown with males being larger than females. They’ve expandable cheek pouches. Russian Hamsters have furry feet and are also sometimes known as the Furry or Hairy Footed Hamster.
The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster is sociable and can live with others of their own kind in single or mixed sex groups so long as hamsters are introduced at an early age. The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster is nocturnal but could be very active for short periods throughout the day. It makes a good pet although due to its small size it may be difficult for small children to handle. The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster may also be less tolerant of clumsy handling than the bigger Syrian Hamster but is generally nice natured. They’re able to squeeze through the bars of some hamster cages and thus cages designed for mice, glass or plastic aquariums make more suitable cages. The average lifespan of the Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster is 1½-2 years although they can live longer.
Due to the similar appearance of the Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamster and the Winter White Russian Hamster and their ability to interbreed it may be difficult to distinguish which species a particular hamster is, or indeed if it is a hybrid of the two species of Russian Hamster.