Dwarf hamster

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Dwarf hamsters
Temporal range: Pleistocene to Recent
Phodopus sungorus.jpg
Dwarf winter white Russian hamster
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Phodopus

Miller, 1910

The dwarf hamsters represent a group of small hamsters in the genus Phodopus. Although they do not belong to this genus, the Chinese hamster is often referred to as a dwarf hamster as well.

Although more limited in colour than the Syrian hamster, dwarf hamsters are an alternative to pet owners who enjoy a smaller, more sociable hamster. The dwarf hamster was discovered by W.C. Campbell in the early 1900's.