Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamster Standard Colours
A dominant colour (Represented by ++). The hamster should look overall a buffish brown, with the tips of the hair ticked with dark brown, but with cream carried down for 1/3 of the hair shaft. The base colour should be a very dark and rich slate grey, the belly fur off white with an undercoat of slate grey. As an agouti colour, the hamster should have three defined arches down the side separating the top colour from the belly colour, between these colours there should be a line of pale amber. There should be black ticking heavily present down the dorsal stripe, giving the hamster a black stripe fully down its body, from between the eyes to the base of the tail. The eyes should be black while the ears a grey brown.
A Recessive colour (Represented by pp). Similar to cinnamon in Syrians Argentes should have a light cinnamon (cinnamon colour to be like that of a cinnamon Syrian but paler) colour to their top coats carried about 1/3 of the way down the hair shaft, while the base should be a deep smoky grey. The belly fur should be a creamy white with a smoky grey under colour to it. As an agouti colour, the hamster should have three defined arches down the side separating the top colour from the belly colour. There should be a smoky grey dorsal stripe fully down its body, from between the eyes to the base of the tail. The eyes should be red, and the hamster should have pale flesh coloured ears.
A recessive colour (Represented by cc). The fur should be white to the roots with no markings or staining to the coat. The eyes should be red/pink and the ears flesh coloured (but not mottled!)
A recessive self colour (Represented by aa). The hamster should be jet black to the roots, with black eyes and dark grey ears verging on black. As with black Syrians, white feet are often present, and often a few white hairs can be found on the underside of the animal. Black campbells and colours that contain black though tend to silver with age, this silvering gives them an appearance of a platinum black in many ways, and can look similar to a silver back gorilla, where the coat details are they just paled. This can happen sometimes at a remarkably young age.
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