I, ROBOROVSKINamed after the Roborovsky and Koslov expedition, when in July of 1894 a specimen of this hamster was captured. The Roborovski's natural habitat is the desert dunes of the Western and Eastern regions of Mongolia and parts of Manchuria and Northern China.
Roborovskis (or Robs) are the smallest of all hamster species, with adults reaching approximately 2 inches (4 to 5 cm) in length. Unlike other dwarf species, the Rob doesn't have a dorsal stripe and their legs are slightly longer. The top coat is a sandy brown with a slate grey undercoat, the belly and side arches are pure white. Their large black eyes are emphasized with a white facial marking which slightly resemble eyebrows.Robs are extremely active, making them somewhat difficult to handle, but certainly entertaining. In addition to a wheel, they like several hiding places and things to climb on. Due to their small size they can be difficult to keep in wire cages. In the wild their burrows can often reach as deep as 6 feet! The Rob is a very clean animal. It spends much of it's time with grooming itself. A Roborovski hamster will be particularly please with a dust bath. Dust bath designed for Chinchillas is too fine, but commercial hamster litter is inexpensive and works great, just put some in a bowl and watch them go!