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Mix Breed Hammies?

Hamsters can be "mutts", right? I am asking, because my sister asked me.She has a hamster, Button that is supposed to be a teddy bear hamster.His fluff is not very long tho.She had another teddy bear and his fluff was VERY long and she always had to pull tangled shavings out of it and everything.I know teddy bears are syrians, but do you think maybe a teddy bear and a regular syrian could of bred and made a half teddy?? He did come from the pet store, where hams are always mixed!




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They are all varieties of syrian hamster (teddy bears, black bears, ect.) As with all rodents, color and fur lengh are dictated by different genes. Besides the known genes that are mixed when breeding hamsters, there are modifying genes that slightly alter the appearance. That's why breeders always try to look for the purest, most perfect color, hair lengh, ect. So... that means that your sister's hamster is a "teddy bear", just not a good example of one.

When you said "mix breed hamster" I thought you were talking about the winter white/campbell hamster mix... lol
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Oh...that makes sense! I no very little about hamsters anyway, so I thought I would ask about it here.I will be sure to tell Amanda this!




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Decided to share a couple pics of Amanda's hammie Button...



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Looks like a mix to me

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also female longhaired hamsters have slightly shorter hair than the males, the males develop the "skirt" around their bum whereas the females coat is the same length all over.

It could also be that Buttons is a young hamster and therefore her coat hasn't grown fully yet.
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also female longhaired hamsters have slightly shorter hair than the males, the males develop the "skirt" around their bum whereas the females coat is the same length all over.

It could also be that Buttons is a young hamster and therefore her coat hasn't grown fully yet.
He is almost a year and is a male...




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okay ~ sorry Buttons for getting mixed up with your sex

I breed hamsters and have bred shorthaired hamsters with longhaired, if i do this i find that the phenotype of the babies is short but fluffy hair, whereas the genotype is (Ll) the shorthaired gene being dominant whereas the longhaired gene is rescesive and carried to the next generation.

As for Buttons, does he have a "skirt"?
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Button has bum fluff, I dunno if thats what you mean when you say a "skirt"...but he does have bum fluff.We know he is a male, as he is a "big boy"...




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Yeah Bum fluff is usually the start of a "skirt", it probably is that he's just not a good example of a longhaired, but i always found with my longhaired's no matter what litter you put them on it always gets caught in their hair and has to be carefully removed.

Do you have a soft baby brush to groom him?
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He is actually my sister's hammie, so I dunno if she grooms him, as I am not always there.I do know she takes awesome care of him, so she probably grooms him.




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Decided to share a couple pics of Amanda's hammie Button...
Looks alot like the hamster, Braxter, that I have just adopted. Oddly this one has never bitten me yet!
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also female longhaired hamsters have slightly shorter hair than the males, the males develop the "skirt" around their bum whereas the females coat is the same length all over.

It could also be that Buttons is a young hamster and therefore her coat hasn't grown fully yet.
My previous hamster, Maggie, also had a skirt around her bum- used to cut it all the time! However, I was very sure she was a girl! She had nipples and had NO testes!! So is that just an exception??
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