Monday, 7 March 2016

Tips on Buying Dwarf Hamsters

Tips on how to choose, buy and keep safe a Dwarf hamster of all different species.

Dwarf hamsters are delightful pets. They are cute, lovely and suitable for the both young and elder kids. But there are not many guides on how to choose, buy and keep safe a dwarf hamster. That is why, in this article we are going to understand — different types of Dwarf Hamsters, how to buy them and how to keep them safe.

So how many types of Dwarf hamsters are there? There are mainly three. Chinese hamsters are also small hamsters but not technically dwarfs.

Winter White Dwarf hamsters

These hamsters got their name due to their quality of changing color in the wild. They can change their color from dark grey to white in their natural habitats. In adulthood, winter white dwarf hamsters are 3 to 4 inches long. They are mostly found in Russia, Serbia and Central Asia.
  • Breeding age: 4 to 6 months.
  • Gestation period: 18 to 25 days.
  • Pups per breeding: 4 to 8.
Winter Whites are also known as Djungarian hamsters

Campbell’s Dwarf hamsters

You will usually find these hamsters in most of the pet stores. Campbell’s Dwarf Hamsters are the most common dwarf hamsters used as pets. They are very similar to the winter white as both are Russian breeds. They are found in Russia, China and Central Asia.
  • Lifespan: 2 to 2.5 years.
  • Breeding age: 3 months.
  • Gestation period: 18 to 20 days.
  • Pups per breeding: 8 to 10.

Robo Dwarf Hamsters (Roborovski)

These are the smallest dwarf hamsters in the category. An adult is about 3 inches long. They are mostly greyish brown in color and can eat fruits, vegetables and even insects. Robo dwarf hamsters are very active and can run up to 100 miles per day on the spinning wheel.
  • Lifespan: 3 to 4 years.
  • Breeding age: 4 months for females and 3 months for males.
  • Pups per breeding: 5 to 6.

Hybrid Dwarf Hamsters

There are also hybrid dwarf hamsters. They are created from crossbreeding of winter white and Campbell’s. We would not advise you to buy these since they may have many health problems.
Chinese dwarf hamsters
One more famous “dwarf hamster” is the Chinese dwarf hamster. They are not actually dwarf hamsters and should not be bought. You can recognize them by their longer and thinner tales.
Now you must have understood a lot about the categories of these cute animals. Let’s talk about how to choose them.

Tips on choosing the right Dwarf Hamster:

  • Make sure you choose either winter white or Campbell’s dwarf hamster. Robo dwarf hamsters are not that easy to handle.
  • Make sure they are from pure breed and not hybrid. Hybrid can have many diseases.
  • Make sure they are healthy with clean eyes and nose.
  • Make sure you don’t buy from stores that have infectious hamsters. Wet tails are generally a sign of infection among hamsters.
  • Look for younger hamsters so that you can be with them for a long time. Remember that dwarf hamsters only live from 2 to 2.5 years.
  • If you want to buy specifically male or female, ask the pet store owner before buying them.
Wow! That was easy. Wasn’t it? Now you know the exact tips to buy the correct dwarf hamster. Let’s now talk about how you can prepare to keep them safe. We have made some tips regarding this too.
Find out more about Russian Dwarf Hamsters  - Dwarf Hamster Home

Tips on keeping dwarf hamster safe and healthy

  • Before buying your hamster, make sure your house doesn’t have predators like cats and dogs.
  • Your house should not be under direct sunlight.
  • Buy the largest available dwarf hamster cage so that they can freely roam around.
  • Keep in mind that dwarf hamsters make a lot of noise; do not let their cage in your bedroom.
  • Dwarf hamsters need fresh water daily. Make sure to keep a bottle in the cage.
  • Hamsters could feel sick if they don’t get the proper exercise. Make sure to buy a spinning wheel on which they can make rounds.
  • Hamsters like to hide. Try to get a small hamster house or build it yourself from toilet rolls.
  • Give them fresh nuts, seeds and occasional mealworms to eat.
That’s it. After reading these suggestions, you can surely buy your favorite dwarf hamster without having to worry about anything. Make sure they get complete exercise and a healthy environment so that they can be your pets for as long as they live.