The issue of kinked tail in Syrian hamster
By Marta Jesariew (Podrik Hamstery, Poland),
Christina Linde (Lindes Hamsteri, Denmark)
and Tomasz Piasecki (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Poland)
Kinked tail is a well-known deformation that can occur in dark grey lines, in dgdg homozygous animals. It can be everything from a small bump on the tail that is not visible but can be felt, up to a very obvious defect. What is the kinked tail and what should one be aware of to reduce the risk of it? What should we be afraid of and what is completely normal? Our last observations clearly show that among hamster breeders the knowledge about the kinked tail is still too slight. We tried to put together in this article breeders’ experience, hoping that it will bring some clarity to this problem.