How do you tell a WW hybrid from a pure WW?
Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:55 AM
The way I have always seen to ID a WW is that WW will always have a dark dorsal stripe and two wavy dark side arches, regardless of whether they're in their winter or summer coats. Is this the best way to identify them? Or is there a better way?
But how do you tell a hybrid from a pure WW? Or from a Campbell's dwarf, for that matter? I'm totally confused.
Thanks so much for any help!
Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:39 AM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:59 AM
Hybrids tend to have a mix of both species' traits, but even then, there are hybrids which look a lot more like one species than the other.
This page lists some examples, and you can see them side-by-side.
WWs only have three different coat varieties; RCDs have a whole lot more of them. WWs and (some) hybrids change into their winter coats when daylight hours are shortened.
Agouti WWs are darker in their brown coat color. They do not have creamy/yellow undertones, like agouti RCDs have (the cream tones are most noticeable where the stomach fur meets the top coat, and behind their ears).
WWs are much blockier and fatter; RCDs are thinner and more 'sharp'.
WWs have Roman noses, so the bridges of their noses stick out. RCDs have these too but they're less pronounced.
WW dorsal stripes thicken around the shoulder blades (right behind their heads). RCD dorsal stripes are pretty much the same size and shape.
WWs have three "stripes"--their dorsal stripe and two on the side. RCDs will only have one noticeable one, their dorsal stripe (try not to get the shading between their belly + top coat mistaken as a stripe).
WW ears are smaller than RCD ears.
There are more. :P I can't think of them now, but I think you can get the gist of it.
Learning to tell the difference between the two comes with practice. If you're really unsure, or you want some clarification, you can take a picture and post it and we'll try our best.
And for future's sake, you may hear about a hamster called a Pudding hamster, that's a very orange/cream color; they're very popular in Singapore and you usually won't find them in the US or UK. Not everyone agrees on whether they're pure WWs with color mutations, or if they're from hybrids that were bred with WWs over and over again.
Edited by Plushie, 01 April 2012 - 05:00 AM.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:27 AM
There's nothing wrong with hybrids, of course. My beloved Olive was one, I suspect. However it's not really something you want to support the breeding of. Is there no way you can go to a breeder?
Edited by Genevie, 21 April 2012 - 02:28 AM.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:32 AM
Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:51 PM
My two girls were rejects from my local pet store. Tess had a cyst on her ear and Hazel was brought back due to being aggressive and unfriendly (she was pregnant). Doesn't mean you can't give a wonderful hamster a good home from a pet store, you just need to go into it with your eyes open. Understand that your winter white might be a hybrid and is vulnerable to those genetic risks. Ever since I brought her home, my Tess has been nothing but healthy and the woman who sold me Hazel swears she's a different hamster (although Hazel DOES still bite me, she doesn't draw blood... small victories, eh?).