Winter white Russian dwarf hamsters, also known as Siberian hamsters, are generally a dark gray color with a black dorsal stripe along the length of their back, and furred feet. They have a white belly, while in the winter the fur on their back can turn to a dark brown, or sometimes a pale brown. There are also a few lighter color variations available such as pearl, sapphire and sapphire pearl.
They can be similar in appearance to Campbell’s Russians and may be mislabelled in pet stores, but Campbell’s Russians are more common.
Adult winter white Russians tend to be around 3.5 to 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 winter white Russian dwarf hamster can be expected to live for between 1.5 and 2 years, the same as a Campbell’s Russian. Both of these dwarf species therefore have a much shorter life span than other types of hamster.