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Hamsters for adoption
Disco's Critters Breedery

Disco's Critters is a USDA Licensed small animal breedery located in Chaska, MN.
I breed several different types of hamsters such as Syrians (big hamsters), Chinese hamsters, Winter White Dwarf hamsters and Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters.
I have been breeding Fancy rats for almost 20 years which introduced me to the world of rodents and started my love for all rodents.
All my animals are bred for health and temperament. They are handled from birth and are friendly and used to being handled.

Winter White Dwarf Hamsters

Winter White Russian Dwarf hamsters also called Dzungarian hamsters are often confused with Campbell's/Russian Dwarf Hamsters as they closely resemble each other.
Typically the term "Russian dwarf hamster" when used by breeders or knowledgeable pet shops refers to Campbell's.
Winter Whites are more commonly identified correctly as they are more likely to come from knowledgeable breeders as they aren't as massively bred as the Campbell's.
If you purchased your dwarf hamster from a store it is likely a Campbell's Russian and not a Winter White.
They are very closely related but are different subspecies.
Winter Whites are not commonly found in stores and are usually found from breeders.
Winter Whites are unique because when the temperature is colder in the winter months some of them change colors. Such as Gray to white. Winter whites when housed indoors as pets sometimes do not realize the temperature or season changes and may not change colors.
The Winter White has a larger body and thicker hair then the Campbell's. Their eyes are larger and the ears are a little more pointed at the top and are typically larger. Winter white's rarely bite which make them great pets. Campbell's tend to have smaller eyes, angrier expressions and bite frequently.
Winter White's (Dzungarian's) and Campbell's are able to interbreed which is how you can get mixed breeds that will bite and causes much confusion between what breed of hamster you actually have. As default mixed breed Winter Whites and Campbell's should be considered Campbell's as they will have more of a tendency to bite just as Campbell's do.
Experienced professional breeders should be able to tell them apart. Many Hobby breeders don't seem to care much about differentiating the two different species and interbreed them frequently which in turn leads to bad genetics and a bad reputation for both breeds.
. Winter Whites (Dzungarians) are currently available in 4 colors:
The Normal gray with black stripes and black eyes.
Sapphire which can be a yellow or a blue tint to the coat with gray stripes and can have red or black eyes.
Pearl commonly just referred to as White has a white coat with black stripes and can have red or black eyes.
Sunburst orange is a new color that has popped up recently. Sunbursts don't seem to breed well and also become obese easily. They can have red or black eyes.
Campbell's (Russian's) come in a larger variety of colors such as black, brown, Russian blue, dalmatian, and spotted. These colors are not produced by Winter Whites
Winter Whites tend to live between 2 to 3 years old in captivity
Winter Whites enjoy having several hiding houses.They also should have a wheel available at all times.
All of My breeding Dwarf hamsters are kept in pairs of a male and a female. They are continuously together. The male does not harm babies and helps raise them. Breeding Winter Whites can be a bit tricky as they typically don't like to breed until they are 4 months old and many don't produce more then 3 litters before retiring themselves and not producing anymore litters.
it is common for people to acquire Dwarf hamsters for children as pets but please note they are small and can get squished or get lost easily if they jump away while holding them.
I recommend getting a large bin to use during playtime and encouraging children to interact with them in a bin to prevent harm and losing your hamster in your home.
Winter whites (As all hamsters) have cheek pouches and will store and or transfer food and or bedding into different parts of their cage.

Available Winter Whites

Sorry, none available currently.

Syrian Hamsters

Syrian Hamsters commonly referred to as Teddy bear hamsters are the largest of the hamsters.
Teddy bear hamsters are actually long haired Syrians. There are also short haired Syrians as well.
Syrians can come in a variety of colors.
Syrians make great pets and are very friendly.
They enjoy hiding houses and having a wheel for exercise available at all times.
It is very important to remember Syrians can become started easily if sleeping, therefore it is very important to tap on the side of the cage or make a noise so if they are sleeping they are aware you are there. If you just reach in and grab a sleeping hamster, even the nicest hamster can be quite startled and may bite out of fear.
Syrians in captivity live 2 to 4 yrs on average.
Syrians are prone to a condition called "Wet tail" which can be caused by several factors.
Wet tail can occur just by adding another Syrian from a different location into the same facility. Always house them on opposite sides of the room for a couple of weeks.
Wet tail can also be caused by changing the food to rapidly. Ie: if they are used to a seed mix and you try to transfer them over to a lab block only diet.
A flooded cage due to a malfunctioning water bottle or a cage that is to damp or contains to much urine soaked bedding can also cause wet tail issues.
As a precaution to avoid wet tail i mix in oats (uncooked oatmeal) and cheerios into their seed mix.
If i acquire a Syrian from a different breeder (Ie; need new bloodlines) i always mix in oats, guinea pig food and dried oatmeal into their seed mix to help them adjust.
Wet tail is very serious and can kill a hamster in a matter of days to a week. It is identified by a wet tail and rump. Typically the hamster will become scrunched up, dehydrated, lethargic and will lose their appetite.
Syrians have cheek pouches (as all hamsters do) and will store a bunch of food in their cheeks. Many hamsters will take all the food from their dish, shove it into their cheeks and transfer it into a corner of their cage. Hamsters will also shove bedding into their cheeks to carry around to assist in nest building.
Syrian hamsters are solitary hamsters and should never be housed together. Even if they get along for a short period of time, they can turn on each other quickly and fight to the death or become severely injured.
Babies can stay with mom for 4 weeks and weaned babies can live together until about 7 weeks and then will need to be seperated.

Available Syrians

  • Lots of babies available! Variety of colors. Born 3/15/19, 3/19/19 and 3/29/19. Both genders.




    Roborovski Hamsters

    Roborovski hamsters, commonly referred to as Robo's are the smallest of all the dwarf hamsters.
    They are very fast and make great pets for entertaining you watching them run on their wheels.
    They come in the regular cream/Tan/Brown color, pied which is white with gray spots and White face which has a white face.
    They enjoy hiding houses and running on a wheel.
    They are very fast and don't make the greatest pets for kids as they can quickly squirm away.
    I recommend getting a large bin to use during playtime and encouraging children to interact with them in a bin to prevent harm and losing your hamster in your home.
    Robo's typically live 2-3 years in captivity.

    Available Robo's

    I have both Males and Females. Regular and White faces.


    Chinese Hamsters

    Chinese hamsters are the largest of the dwarf hamsters all though they technically are not a dwarf hamster.
    Chinese were the first hamster to be introduced into the pet trade.
    Chinese have longer tails then the typical nub tails most hamsters have.
    typically Chinese hamsters are very friendly, easy to handle and pretty laid back. They make great pets.
    These hamsters should have a wheel available but they don't tend to run as much as other hamsters.
    Chinese hamsters typically live 2 to 3 years in captivity.
    Chinese typically live very well in groups and rarely fight.

    Available Chinese

  • Sorry, none available at the moment.

    Bedding:

    Newspaper works very well as bedding and contains very little dust.
    I lay down flat newspaper sheets and then cover it with shredded newspaper.
    All newspaper inks are required by law to be made with vegetable or soy inks and are safe.
    Aspen Wood shaving bedding is safe and can be used for small animals.
    Avoid Aspen with a strong odor or excess dust in the package.
    PINE Bedding is NOT SAFE as it has harmful Phenols and Abietic acid in it that burn small animals lungs causing scarring and many respiratory issues.
    There are some that believe Pine is safe if it is Kiln dried.
    The standard Kiln drying used for bedding shavings removes water (moisture) but it is not heated to a high enough temperature to remove any significant amount of harmful phenols. Therefore "Kiln drying" has no effect on the bedding safety and is still dangerous.
    Kiln drying removes only water if anything else was removed there would be a by product waste produced and there is not.
    Pine can cause scabs and scarring on the animals lungs and tracheal sloughing.
    An animal housed on pine for even a short period of time can have health issues for the rest of their life as a result.
    CEDAR Bedding is NOT SAFE for any animal and should never be used.
    Cedar contains Plicatic acid that burns lungs and is known for causing respiratory issues in both humans and animals.
    Carefresh bedding can be dusty and can be dangerous if animals eat it as it can cause blockages in the intestinal tract if eaten which can result in death.
    Fleece is commonly used to line cages as bedding,
    Most fleece is coated with a substance which makes water (urine) run off of it and not be absorbed.
    Fleece can trap ammonia from the urine quickly which could cause respiratory issues if not changed every couple of days.
    Fleece is best to be used as a small blanket and not as the only bedding option available in the cage.
    Fleece, towels or old shirts (Clothing) work well for blankets and hammocks.

    My Critter Food Mix:
    I mix my food in a plastic bin container with a lid which helps keep it fresh and protect from bugs.
    I mix equal parts of Black oil Sunflower seeds and Scratch grains (Corn and oats)
    then i mix in about 10% Malt-O-Meal Honey Nut Spooners (Generic Cheerios), Malt-O-Meal Puffed wheat, Malt-O-Meal Oat clusters or other healthier not overly sugary cereal.
    I also add in about 10% dried pasta (Which is good for their teeth) ( i use a variety of dried pasta and typically use a different type every time i mix up a new batch of food)
    I also mix in dried oats/oatmeal and unsalted nuts on occasion.
    Oats and oatmeal are great preventative to help prevent Wet tail.
  • Oats and oatmeal also help critters with upset tummies/runny stools to help keep them regular.
    I feed 1 to 5 pieces of Purina Little Bites/Purina small dog Dog food per animal.
    Dog food provides a good source of extra protein especially for pregnant and nursing mothers.
    *The Roborovski Hamsters don't like dog food so they are not given any, but the other types of hamsters enjoy it.
    I also feed them some sort of human food several times a week. (IE: leftovers from lunch and dinner)
    Most enjoy Mashed potatoes, peas, corn, various other veggies, pasta, anything with tomato sauce, breads, cereals and yogurt drop treats
    Please remember if it is junk food for you, it is junk food for your Critters. Feed "junk food" in moderation only.

    Adoption Process:

    Please email me DiscoPanth@gmail.com if interested in adopting.
    I am Located in Chaska, MN.
    We set up a Date and time that works for both of us and you come see if you like any of the Hamsters and if they like you! :)
    I do not reserve solely based on color.as choosing by color may not be the best fit.
    All Critters should be picked by who responds to you and interacts with you, not based on color alone.
    Interacting with the Critters helps ensure you pick ones that are a good fit for you and them.
    Syrians are solitary animals and must live alone.
    Chinese, Robo's and Winter White's typically are happier in pairs.

    Adoption Fees:

    Syrian's, Robo's and Winter White's are $10 a piece.
    Chinese are $8 a piece.
    All Adoption fees are to be paid in Cash or Via Paypal.

    Adoption Notes:

    Please bring a small box or animal carrier if you have one with you at time of adoption.
    After an Appointment time is set up, then i give adopters my address and phone number.
    Once we have an Appointment time set up, it is set for the time i am expecting you to arrive.
    Please if you are canceling or running late please call me, text me or email asap letting me know.

    Hamsters make great pets and Friends!


    Updated 4/27/19


    Email me for Adoption Information and/or Questions.
    Email: DiscoPanth@gmail.com