Dwarf hamsters while smaller than say teddy bear hamsters are usually more sociable by nature making an extremely suitable pet choice for those who like a really small pet. They have a really short life span of around 1.5 to 2.5 years for a fairly short term commitment of ownership. Most often it is the Campbell’s Russian dwarf hamsters kept as pets however many pet stores also carry the winter Russian whites usually only calling them Siberian Dwarf Hamsters. Some pet stores also offer a Chinese Dwarf Hamster or even Rob’s Dwarf which is the smallest of the 4 dwarf varieties. Being similar in color than can both is confused for one type and dwarf hamsters do not have much of color choice and lack variety of the larger hamsters.
To care for these friendly tiny animals, never use cedar shavings for their bedding as it can cause respiratory issues in the little rodent making them really ill. Instead use Pine shavings and clean the cage thoroughly once a week, but remove wet spots daily if any. If you offer fresh fruits and vegetables make sure to never leave them in more than 24 hours, removing them for spoilage. Offer clean, fresh water daily along with hamster food. An exercise wheel or some sort of exercise equipment. Hamsters also like to hide especially when sleeping so you may want to offer it a little rodent house you can purchase at any pet store. Provide fresh toilet paper as a nest making supplies and all these things should make for a fairly happy hamster.
Care for a dwarf hamster would be basically the same care requirements for its adult counterparts, just in smaller proportions. Care is needed while handling them as you would not want to drop them which could cause serious injury to your pet. Its tiny size also makes it an unsuitable pet for small children. However for the older child if they handle it often to keep it sociable and friendly it can make a wonderful pet for. Make sure you never set the cage in direct sunlight and keep the hamster in a temperature between 60 degrees and 80 degrees. Offer treats that they enjoy perhaps once a week such as slices of fresh fruit, vegetables, boiled egg or even some mixed bird seed to supplement their hamster food. Most of all enjoy this tiny little pet that is chock full of personality, affectionate and friendly and that will provide hours of entertainment for children and adults alike.