To identify your hamster breed, you need to know specific information. The key is to know which attributes refer to coat type, which refer to patterns, and which attributes refer to colors.
Once you have this information about your hamster, then you can easily identify the breed.
In Campbell’s Dwarf hamster (Phodopus campbelli), there are three coat types. The first is normal, which is also called short-haired. The second type of coat is called satin; dwarf hamsters with this coat type have longer hairs, and – instead of looking like furballs – in my opinion, they look like mops with four legs. The third type of coat is called rex. This typically means that the hairs are curly. In the case of the Campbell’s dwarf, the whiskers are curly, and the coat is frizzy. The hair is very sparse, so the hamster looks bald.
As for information about the Cambell’s hamsters’ coat patterns, there are three types. The first is normal. With this pattern, the back is one color, and its belly is white. On the sides, the colors transition from dark to light in a series of arches. The animal has a dark stripe down its back.
The second coat pattern is called platinum. The topcoat is brown grey, but the tips of the hairs on the dwarf hamster’s shoulders are white. The dorsal stripe is black and the side arches appear amber. The ears are dark grey.
The third coat pattern is called mottled. This is a dwarf hamster with irregular patches of white. Also, the animals eyes are red.
As far as information about dwarf hamster coat colors, they are numerous: besides the normal agouti-colored coat, Campbell’s dwarf Hamsters coats come in the colors beige, black, lilac, blue, opal, argente, blue fawn, lilac fawn, dove, white, albino, champagne, harlequin, and white-bellied.
The best place to see all of the coat type, pattern, and color combinations is at a hamster show.