Are you ready to bring a Dwarf Hamster into your life? There are three primary types of dwarf hamsters: Russian Campbells Dwarf Hamsters, Russian Winter White Hamsters (also known as Djungarian or Siberian Hamsters), and Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters.
Dwarf Hamsters can live in social groups if they are raised together or introduced at a very young age, but not all dwarf hamsters want company. Many dwarf hamsters prefer to live alone. Social groups should always be monitored to be sure that one hamster isn’t bullying another one.
Knock Before Entering – Cage Territorial Hamsters
Dwarf hamsters often get a bad rap for biting, but the most common cause of dwarf hamster biting is their territory being invaded. If you have a dwarf hamster who seems nippy in the cage, keep your hands out of your hamster’s space. Instead of using your hand to take your hamster out of the cage, hold a scoop or other item in front of them and allow them to walk out of the cage into the scoop, and then off of the scoop onto your hand.
This simple step can turn a feared biting hamster into the buddy you always wanted.
Choosing Your Dwarf Hamster
Male or female? There is no difference in personality between male and female dwarf hamsters.
Campbells Dwarf Hamsters are the most particular out of the three species of dwarf hamsters and can be rather unforgiving of mistakes. They are the little dog with a big bark of the hamster world, and are bold, full of personality, and can be at times very stubborn. Campbells Hamsters are better suited to older children or adults, as they tend to display more cage territorial behaviors. Campbells Dwarf Hamsters are prone to developing diabetes and should be on a low to no sugar diet. Campbells Dwarf Hamsters live for 1.5 to 2 years.
Winter White Dwarf Hamsters generally have a more even temperament, but can also be particular about their cage and space similar to a Campbell’s hamster. Winter White Hamsters live for 1.5 to 2 years.
Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters are the least likely to nip, but they are the fastest hamsters and can be more difficult to handle. Roborovskis can be extremely difficult to gender separate early on, and sporadic mating habits make it very important that you confirm the gender of these hamsters at weaning time, and then again at two and a half months before they reach sexual maturity. Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters live for 2-3 years.
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