Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)
Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamsters are similar in behaviour to Dwarf Campbell Russians in that they are active during the day and can be held in same sex pairs or groups.
But, they do not have the reputation for biting when nervous, and they are usually very sweet and personable. They are extremely small and quick though, so they are sometimes a challenge for young kids to manage safely.
Dwarf Winter White Russians come In three colours: Sapphire, Pearl, and also a combination of both called Sapphire-Pearl. Pearl is a white pattern in which white hairs are sprinkled throughout the coat, and Sapphire is a purple-gray colour. Sapphire Winter White Russians have a grey undercoat, a thick gray stripe along their spines, and an ivory coloured stomach.
Dwarf Winter White Russians are very small and compact, measuring just 3-1/2″ to 4″ as full grown adults. Because they are so small, an aquarium is generally a safer home choice compared to a wire cage. The average lifetime of a Dwarf Winter White Russian hamster is about 2 decades.