Campbell’s Russian dwarf hamsters, also known as Djungarian hamsters in America, are normally a gray-brown color that becomes creamier on the sides. They also have a white belly, a dark dorsal stripe along the length of their back, and furred feet. Like Syrian hamsters, however, there are a wide variety of color variations.
They can be similar in appearance to Winter White Russians and may be mislabelled in pet stores, but Campbell’s Russians are more common.
Adult Campbell’s Russians are round-bodied and approximately 4 inches in length. Like other dwarf hamsters, their small size, as well as their speed and agility, can make them hard to handle for young children.
Expected Life Span
A Campbell’s Russian dwarf hamster can be expected to live for between 1.5 and 2 years, the same as a Winter White Russian. Both of these dwarf species therefore have a much shorter life span than other types of hamster.