Dwarf hamsters make great pets for all the family. But, because they're so tiny, they suit older children extremely well. They're inquisitive, gentle-natured and very energetic. Good things come in little packages, they say. Spot on for Dwarf hamsters.
Your pets are nocturnal, so they'll spend most of the day sleeping. But in the evening and at night, get ready – and let the fun begin.
Know your Dwarf hamster
There are four species of Dwarf hamster:
Russian Campbell (Phodopus Campbell)
Russian Winter White (Phodopus sungorus)
Roborovski (Phodopus roborovskii)
Chinese (Cricetulus griseus)
If you're new to Dwarf hamsters, you may think they look quite similar. But each breed is actually quite distinct. And they shouldn’t be kept in mixed breed groups or they'll fight. They're cute – but feisty.
The Campbell is the one most commonly kept as a pet. Roborovski hamsters are the smallest type and extremely fast – so not so suitable for children. Chinese hamsters have longer tails than the other Dwarf species – and, strictly speaking, they’re not considered to be Dwarf hamsters.
Dwarf hamsters in the wild live in central Asia. To protect themselves from heat and predators, they burrow underground. There they sleep throughout the day, rising to search for food at night when it gets cooler. Dwarf hamsters carry food in their cheek pouches, which amazingly can hold half their body weight. They can even hide a newly-born litter in their pouches when danger is present. A hungry Dwarf hamster is a determined creature - they travel miles to find food.
To take the best care of your Dwarf hamsters, you’ll need all these things:
Gnaw-proof food dish
Supahamster Dwarf Hamster Food
Pet safe disinfectant