Campbells Dwarf Genes
Agouti Colors are based on the wild (agouti) coloring of the hamster. The belly color runs from ivory to off-white. The
hair shaft has two to three colors on it. There is a dorsal stripe.
Self Colored are the same color on the belly as the back. The hair shaft is one solid color. There are usually white
faults of white paws and a white chin that sometimes extends to a zipper as far as the genitals.
Colors should be the same as for non-pattern colors. The genetics are the same except for the pattern genes.
There are other patterns that show up now and then. Brindle has shown up in CA but could not be reproduced. Mosaic also shows up. Mosaic is a single patch of color that is missing one of the
genes from the main body. So a mosaic Dove would have a Black or Argente patch.
Coat types can be combined with any color. Satin tends to darken the color.
- Albino and REW mask all colors. BEW masks all black eyed colors. All three mask all white patterns.
- Only expresses itself with Platinum to make BEWs and REWs.
- Homozygous form is an eyeless, toothless mini-white that dies by weaning.
- Homozygous form is lethal except when combined with the dilute gene. Fetus dies in utero and is absorbed by the
mother resulting in a reduced litter size.