Why you CANNOT cross-breed your hamsters
Posted 03 August 2003 - 12:08 PM
Posted 03 August 2003 - 10:04 PM
It is possible to cross breed campbell and winter whites causing "hybrids". However, this is strongly discouraged as doing so will weaken the genes of the offsprings and cause possible deformities and health problems.
Posted 04 August 2003 - 03:58 AM
on cross breeding winterwhites + campbells
Both the Campbell and the Winter White are similar species but they are slightly different in their genetic makeup. They come from different areas of Russia, in the wild they would eat slightly different foods, and if they did meet in the wild they would ignore each other because they knew that mating to each other wouldn't really prove anything, as it would weaken the gene pool and weaken the stock.
Captive bred hamsters don't have that luxury, we choose the mates for them, we don't care if they carry or suffer with diabetes, kidney failure, glaucoma, cancer, missing limbs or ears, I could carry on, but here we have a breeder who totally disregards the rules of breeding hamsters and crosses the species.
So to go back to basics. The word Hybrid describes a crossbreed, a mixture which means that they will carry the characteristics of both parents. This is similar to a crossbreed dog rather than a mongrel, a crossbreed requires two different parents a mongrel requires the two crossbreeds mated again resulting in 4 or more different breeds. But and this is the big but, it can not be bred out, if you have a crossbreed or a mongrel you will not by selective breeding come back to a pure bred animal.
Mating Winter White to Campbell can and probably will produce no end of problems, firstly any resulting off spring may be infertile, which is good to the extent that if they are the problem stops there, but this has to be proven, and there will always be the odd one which isn't.
The Winter White and Campbell are also constructed slightly differently, which in turn can cause problems in the production of litters, especially if it's the Winter White that's producing, because of the slightly wider head of the Campbell, the Winter Whites birth canal is not geared up for big headed babies, result lost litter and lost female.
Secondly both species are flushing up various health problems, the biggest is diabetes in the Campbells and the Glaucoma in Winter Whites crossing these two species will inevitably cross these two illnesses.
Hope it's of use!
Posted 28 September 2003 - 01:08 PM
if we know that cross breeding may cause death and unhealthy offsprings, why should we take the risk in worrying what to do with the defective babies later? ???
here's an article extracted from pet website which i found informative:
it is not possible to breed a WW with a robo as both hamster species contain different chromosomes. in fact, it will endanger your robo as WW is very much bigger in size as a robo.
another article extracted from pet website on the no of chromosomes of the different hamster species:
hope those who intend to cross breed their hamsters out of curiosity will really think twice and not let "curiosity kills the cat". afterall i believe everyone loves their hamsters and none will want to see any bad incidents happen to their beloved hamsters. ;)
Posted 13 January 2004 - 06:34 AM
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Posted 18 March 2004 - 05:34 PM
But morally the answer is No. but since bluebells hasnt even been replying to his/her own thread. i dont see why i should explain furthur.
Posted 20 April 2004 - 04:15 PM
Posted 20 April 2004 - 10:30 PM
Crossbreeding hamsters is wrong. period.
I've some friends who had experience with breeders who cross breed WW and campbells, and selling them on yahoo.
People should really be careful when buying hamsters there. There are sellers (no doubt rating is super high), who managed to sell these hybrids and get away with it.