Winter white dwarf hamsters are a unique type of hamster famed for the coat of hair that they have.
Their scientific name is Phodopus sungorus sungorus and they one of the lesser common pet hamsters that are available today.
They are also called Djungarian hamsters, Siberian hamsters, or Siberian dwarf hamsters.
A bit of background about them
They are well loved amongst owners around the world however and retain their popularity.
Compared to other types of hamster such as Syrians, Winter white dwarf hamsters are normally more social creatures.
They are known for being able to get along with other Winter whites and even other types of hamster from time to time.
However this unfortunately is not an automatic given.
They still need supervising and even in a cage of limited size, fights can still break out between them.
They still remain quite guarded creatures and value their own space and territory.
So when another invades this space there are times when it does not go down too well.
This is especially the case with those types of winter white dwarf hamster who are unfamiliar with one another.
When they are not aware of each others scent this can cause them to become edgy and very wary of the other.
Unfortunately it can also cause them to injure each other due to being threatened by one another.
But it can be done and introducing two with terms white dwarf hamsters is possible.
However it requires patience and perseverance from the owner to ensure that it is done right and a willingness to back down if it is not going to plan.
This is the same for bringing any two species of animal together.
Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn’t.
So if this is something you are looking to do then here are some recommended action steps that you can put into place to help you along this path.
Remember to take things slowly and don’t force the issue with them if they are not ready to share a living space.
It can be something you come back to at a later date if so.
If you have one winter white dwarf hamster and what to get another then don’t just go and get one and put it straight into your pets cage.
Unfortunately this is not a good plan and will cause problems from the start. Instead a more considered approach is required to make this a success.
Get a new cage for your new Winter white dwarf hamster
When you get the new winter white dwarf hamster, purchase a new cage to go with it.
Treat them as you would two separate pets buying all the accessories they need for their new cage.
Make their new living space as comfortable for them as possible.
When looking for a new cage it is important to find one which is the right size.
Very often cages that are available for sale in pet stores are just too small.
So if you are in any doubt as to what size cage to get, always go for the largest size even if it is the most expensive.
It will save you money in the long term as your hamster will grow and outgrow their cage.
So if you start with a small cage very soon you may find that you have to upgrade it.
It’s important that you hamster has a place to run around and where it feels comfortable.
If it doesn’t feel comfortable it will start to show in their behavior and will be detrimental to its health in the long term.
The larger the cage, the better
Cages that were built for chinchillas, mice and rats that are larger than hamsters are actually pretty good for hamsters.
They are usually much bigger than the average hamster cage.
Just make sure that the cage bars are close together so they can’t squeeze through them.
Hamsters have the ability to squeeze through small gaps.
If you have a mature hamster and your cage has gaps that are more than half an inch wide then your hamster will fancy their chances of getting through that gap.
If they can fit their skull through the gap then the rest of their body will follow.
If you have a young hamster it will be the size of gap that your hamster will be able to get through will be lessened.
Most hamster cages have gaps between the bars of no more than a centimeter wide.
So do be careful what size gap between your bars there is.
Make sure you get one of the same sex
It’s also important to remember to get a winter white dwarf hamster that is the same sex as the one you have.
Putting a male and female together will not end well and you will end up with more winter white dwarf hamsters than you originally envisioned.
Good pet stores will already know what sex each hamster they have so will be able to guide you in this.
It is not recommend you get one from a breeder unless you are certain they know what they are doing or you know how to sex a hamster yourself.
Animal sanctuary’s are better at doing this in this respect as they often have experts on their teams who are experienced in dealing with sexing animals.
However it is a good skill to be able to know how to do this yourself so you can be 100% sure yourself.
Place the cages the the same room as each other.
However don’t be tempted to put them right next to each other to start off with.
At this point we want each winter white dwarf to know that there is another in the vicinity.
They can know this by smelling a different scent in the room.
They can also hear each other.
Leave the cages where they are for a few days and let them become accustomed to the new scents and sounds they are hearing smelling.
Then move them closer to each other.
A meter apart will suffice to allow the scent and sound that each makes to become stronger.
After a few days at this distance, place the cages close together almost touching but not quite.
This will be sufficient to allow them to start interacting with each other.
To know that there is another hamster close by that they can start communicating with but isn’t in their territory.
It is interesting now to see how they react.
Do they run and hide from each other or are they not afraid to go and suss each other out?
It is how they react in these situations which will determine whether it’s a good idea to go towards the next steps of putting them together.
Introducing them together then comes next.
The way to do this is not to throw them together in the same cage.
It is better to introduce them in a neutral area which hasn’t been marked by either of them as their territory.
Something like a large box that doesn’t allow them to escape will be ideal.
If you can find one about a meter in length this would be ideal and make sure it hasn’t been soiled in anyway to make it unusable.
Grocery stores or stores that sell things like large screen TVs are ideal for this.
Leave the large box open at the top and put shavings and tissue for them to use to create a nest.
They also need water and food.
So a water bottle each which is attached to the side of the box and two bowls of food to keep them fed is needed to ensure that they don’t go hungry.
Have a hidey home for them each to use.
These can be purchased from any good pet store or you can use a small box that they can crawl into and hide if necessary.
Even when they are with their own kind they need their own place to help and call their own.
Also place things that they can chew on like chew toys around the box.
Get ready to place the hamsters in the box
Then when the box is ready, place the hamsters into the box carefully.
Don’t leave the box as they need to be observed for the whole time they are together.
Supervision is important as if they break out into scuffles you can intervene so that neither is injured.
If they seem like they are getting along or at least not harming each other then this is good.
They may be ignoring each other and this is good too.
If all is going well let them spend about 20 minutes together before separating them and putting them back in their separate cages.
Keep repeating the procedure
Repeat the same thing the next day and again, observe their encounter and closely supervise them.
If all is well with them then continue this for about four or five occasions until you feel they are ready to live together in the same cage.
However if they break out into scuffles at any point pull them apart and put them back into their separate cages.
Try again the next day and see if they fight again.
If they don’t then continue as above.
If they do fight then separate them.
You may want to try again for a third time but if you feel that things aren’t good between them the don’t force the issue.
It maybe worth admitting defeat on the issue rather than risking their health trying to force them together.
Get ready for a bigger cage.
If all is good after about a week, then prepare a cage that is at least a meter in length ready for them.
Make sure it has fresh new bedding that has been unmarked by either of them.
Set it all looks up the same way you prepared the box and place the two winter white dwarfs in the cage.
Continue to supervise
Continue to supervise them and have the cage close by so you can monitor their relationship.
If there is any sign that they aren’t getting along then it may be worth separating them again.
Definitely do this if they start fighting as the last thing you want is them drawing blood.
If all goes well you should have two winter white dwarf hamsters that are now sharing the same cage.
If you don’t then it there are three options;
1. Persevere with trying to put them together and separating them.
2. Keep them in separate cages.
3. Find a good new home for one of them if you can’t have two in separate cages.