Cute, fun, small and very playful Pudge is a Campbell's hamster, the brightest representative of family of upland dwarf hamsters.Hamsters dwarf Campbell breed is easy to care for, so many breeders choose them.
How to behave in a natural environment?
In the wild hamsters breed Campbell live in Mongolia, China, some regions of Russia (Transbaikalia, Buratia, Tuva). In relation to other species are territorial animals. Specimens live in groups with a leader, or in pairs.
Animals do not change in the winter coat, don't hibernate, because I learned to control and regulate body temperature. Are nocturnal. Night time is very active, which allows the body temperature to rise to +40 degrees. Before sunrise, the animals go to sleep – sleep reduces the body temperature to 20 degrees. This lifestyle allows you to properly use power, save energy. Hamster Campbell digs burrows no deeper than 1 meter, which is lined with dry grass and wool.
Description of the breed
Despite the fact that hamsters Campbell similar to the Junggar relatives, have a number of features, after reading that breeders readily distinguish the two species. The color of hamsters Campbell dominated by gold, amber and brown tones, Jungaria – light. The "Campbell" miniature ears, no fur on the "soles". But there are common with congarinni hell – dark strip on the back and light belly. Jungaria strip extends closer to the head, forming a rhombus, a hamster Campbell it is smooth from beginning to end. Fur animal grows at a certain angle, because of this features looks clumpy, sticking out. Read more about the difference between these breeds, read the article about the differences between hamster Campbell and Djungarian.
What color is hamster Campbell?
The most popular color – agouti: sand-gray, the belly white or milk, on the back of a dark stripe. But you can find plain hamsters Campbell sand color without the stripes on the back and a pale abdomen, but with white markings on the coat and a light chin. This color is called selfie. Artificial means was removed many colours – tortoiseshell, satin silver. There are black and white (albino) specimens.
Unique features of the breed:
- body length up to 10 cm;
- the weight of an adult hamster Campbell to 50 grams;
- the color can be any color, but it is characterized by reddish hair he'd;
- rounded muzzle, tapering at the end;
- the eyes are round, often black in color, but can be red;
- the length of the ponytail to 14 mm;
- on the front legs of four fingers on the back five.
The nature and lifespan
If you have decided to keep a few specimens in the same cage, do not leave them for long periods of time unattended, otherwise fights can not be avoided. "The Campbells" are stubborn and can fight until blood and ruin. Prone to obesity and diseases such as tumors, polycystic, diabetes.
Campbell hamster is hard to tame: he doesn't want to go into the hands of the owner, even if he sincerely loves him and cares for all rules.
Before you buy PAL with a rogue disposition, find out how many live hamsters Campbell, after the loss of a small pet can cause a lot of stress, especially for children. If the child is in this age that is able to care for your pet, buy him a hamster Campbell, just be warned that the survivor will not be called – animal lives on average 1-2 years. With good care can live 2-3 years, but this is rare. To 4 years Pets do not survive either in the wild or at home.
How to wean dog to bite?
Most breeders are unanimous – the Campbell hamster is a biter. It is a feature of the breed. But the bite is not only a way to protect and be aggressive, but the response to the following factors that should be avoided:
- you scared the little sharp movement or a cry;
- before taking rodent have not washed your hands and they smell something edible;
- not established in the cell mineral stone grinding of teeth;
- not right took the animal in hand – in no event it is impossible to take it over the top, only from below or the side. Even better put your hand near the pet, so that he could himself in her to climb.
If the hamster still bitten, treat the bite with peroxide, do not yell at the animal, and remember that the bites of these animals are not dangerous. Shouted the hamster, and the more you hit him, you will not be able to make friends.
Try to win breed hamsters Campbell's kindness: treat your baby to something delicious, you say in a calm voice and stick to the recommendations above, this will help to discourage the bully from the habit of biting.
Features maintenance and care
Hamster Campbell's small in size, averaging 7 cm, so it can live in an aquarium or a cage of small size. To support the family "the Campbells" to purchase a large cage, this is to some extent will help prevent fights between members of the family.
As bedding use sawdust or special fillers, which can be purchased in pet stores. This will avoid unpleasant odor caused by the activity of rodents. To change it you need every 3-6 days, it depends on the number of pupils, their activity and the personal views of the owner. Someone change the shavings every 3 days and complains that hamsters "stink", while others even after a week not noted an unpleasant smell. This care does not end, it is important that the cage was comfortable and stood in a bright place, away from drafts and direct sunlight.
Pet need at least occasionally to release to run the floor – he'll love this pastime. To travel around the apartment in pet stores sell special bowls, but you must use them with caution because the Campbell's hamster can suffocate inside, though "accessory" and equipped with special air holes. As practice shows, to keep the animal in the ball can be no more than 10 minutes. The animal may overheat because the temperature inside the balloon rises, when the hamster runs. "Accessory" is convenient if you use it for very long, because the pet will not climb and will be able to ride around the room while the eyes of the owner.
The house is sacred
Home for the hamster is his castle, he tenderly refers to him. Baby loves to put things in order, which in any case can not be broken. Even the change of sawdust – stressful thing for a hamster, so to do this daily is impossible. Enough to keep in a cage was spoiled food, regularly change the water. There is no need to rearrange the "furniture" in the cage – to move the wheel to remove and swap the items "interior".
Because small rodents love to pedal, climb in tubes, it makes sense to help the child to build a cage, bought in pet shops special attachments for these cute animals: stairs, houses, mazes.
You already know how to care for a hamster Campbell, it is not difficult, the main thing is to love your pet and to feed him correctly.
What to feed "Campbell"?
The main rodent diet should be cereal. In pet stores sell special food – a mixture of grain products. To make food you can own by mixing equal parts of oats, peas, corn, wheat, nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. The advantage of the purchase of fodder – they are additionally enriched with vitamins. To hamster Campbell grew up healthy, he needs to give fruits except citrus fruits and vegetables, except garlic, onions, potatoes, zucchini. The diet needs to be enriched herbs – parsley, dill, clover, lettuce. As treats give app the dried fruit and biscuits. To the food was the most diverse and useful, sometimes you can feed with bread, cheese, unsalted wheat, semolina or porridge, boiled meat. The liver significantly improves the condition of the coat.
Campbell hamsters love to flip over food from the feeders, therefore, make sure that your pet always was than to profit, but don't overdo it, because excess weight negatively affects health.
There is a perception that hamsters breed Campbell cannot give water. This belief is fundamentally wrong, just that the water needs to be in the drinking bowl with a spout.
The process of drinking is more like sucking and licking the liquid. Water should be changed every 1-2 days, it is possible to add vitamin C to Wash the drinker is allowed only with the addition of soda, but not detergents.
Other features of the content
You already know what to feed hamster Campbell, read the description of the breed and certainly wanted the dwarf rodent will become your friend. When choosing a hamster you need to possess information and not trust everything that says the seller – his knowledge can be superficial. Well if you will be able to determine the sex, especially if you want to buy several "Campbell", because reproduction starts with the first month of life of a rodent. Usually in a litter of 6 to 8 young.
This cat only looks calm, in fact it is the most nimble and aggressive hamsters. Therefore, it is important not to take him up immediately, from the first days of life in your home – give the opportunity to learn in a new environment.