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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-14-2009, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Red face Winter white dwarf hamster questions

  1. What affects the color change of winter whites?
  2. Will they change color in countries with no winter season?
  3. How do you tell if a dwarf hamster is a pure winter white or a winter white/campbell hybrid?
Answers are much appreciated
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-14-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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Winter Whites coat changes because of the shortening of days. That is why during the winter, their coats usually change color, not because of temperature. I live in Saudi Arabia, and my Winter Whites do change color. The only reason why they have changed color is because when my female delivered her babies, I kept the cage kinda dark to keep it warm inside so that the babies were not cold. Most A/C's here are window units and my cages are kept in my office at home where I spend most of my time with the AC on. Sooo, to them the days seemed to be shorter and their coats started to change.
As far as the knowing if it is PURE breds, not sure how to tell.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2009, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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I just got a winter white but I suspect it is probably a hybrid since it was kept in the pet shop with some golden brownish (pudding?) winter whites. It has agouti patches on white when I bought him and I'm surprise that the color change happens so rapidly :O. Just several days after I brought him home, his agouti patch is almost gone and it is almost a greyish white color now.
He is very sweet and gentle, a lot tamer than my campbell dwarf.
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