About Chinese Hamsters


Originally found in the deserts northern China and Mongolia, Chinese Dwarf hamsters

are rare when it comes to pet hamsters. The reason that Chinese Dwarf hamsters are rare is because they can be hard to breed in captivity and they are restricted to own in most states within the United States. Chinese hamsters can look more mouse-like then most hamsters. Although they are smaller the Syrian hamsters they are not actually dwarf hamsters. Chinese hamsters are part of the rat-like family of hamsters. They typically have a longer tail and a longer mouse-like body then other hamsters.

They can grow to be about 10 to 12 centimetres in length when full grown. Normally Chinese hamsters are greyish brown with a black strip down its spine and a white underside. Even though they have been kept in captivity longer the Syrian hamsters there have only been two other colour mutations beyond the normal or wild type which is the dominate spot and the black eyed white.

It is thought that dwarf hamsters typically do every well in pairs but the Chinese hamster is the exception to the rule. Two females introduced at an early age have the possibility of getting along better then a male and a female. Females are the dominate sex with a Chinese hamster community so the male might end up seriously injured or dead. Housing two hamsters together requires twice as much room within the cage. More then one level and plenty of places to hide are also good things to have when housing a pair of Chinese dwarf hamsters together. The less dominate hamster has a chance to get away from the more dominate one with more places to go.

These hamsters are normally kept in plastic or aquarium tanks due to the fact that they can squeeze through bars that are too wide on a wire cage. It is possible for them to escape completely or to become stuck in the cage bars resulting in a traumatic experience for both the owner and the hamster. The feeding requirements for the Chinese dwarf hamsters are typical to other hamster species. They do well on a diet of seeds and pellets. They also enjoy fruits and vegetables. Owners can also offer wheat bread or Cheerios as a special treat in small amounts. Some owners also feed their Chinese hamsters crickets or meal worms as treats but never too many at one time.

And, like other hamster species, Chinese hamsters need to have access to fresh water supply. Water bottles do better in these circumstances because water bowls can get littered with substrate.

Although Chinese hamsters can live between two and three years, they are not always easily tamale or trainable.
They are thought to be on the aggressive side, skittish and extremely agile. They can jump from very high heights, are very fast, and can escape from cages if they are not overly secured. They are also expert climbers. Because of these remarkable traits Chinese dwarf hamsters are not always suitable for children under the age of twelve and sometimes make better pets when they are not handled at all. They are also not recommended for beginners.

Syrian Hamsters As Pets


If you are thinking about buying a hamster, Syrian hamsters are an excellent choice. They tend to be hardier than other hamster breeds which make them perfect pets for children.

Syrian hamster

Chapter 1. Introduction to Syrian Hamsters

Syrian Hamsters are members of the Syrian hamster family. You can distinguish a Syrian hamster by its paws. They have four fingers on their hands and five toes on their feet. Syrian hamsters will mark their territory using special scent glands on their bellies.

Chapter 2. Hamster Varieties

Most hamsters in North America and Britain are of the Syrian variety. They used to be a solid color but over the years that developed into mixed shades of browns and cream colors. Teddy Bear hamsters are also called “Angora” hamsters because they have longer and softer fur.

Chapter 3. Syrian Hamsters Sociable

Syrian hamsters are not sociable with other hamsters so they must be kept alone in their cages. Don’t worry, they will not get lonely, they prefer it that way. To keep your hamster “people in a friendly way” though, you have to make sure you handle him every day. Syrian hamsters are very friendly, but you have to make sure you choose one that has already been treated like a baby. Hamsters can develop serious personality issues and bite if they have not been trained properly from a young age.

Chapter 4. Hamster Breeds

This particular hamster breed is also extremely energetic so make sure that you have lots of activities for them to do. They need a wheel to run on and love to run around the house in a hamster ball. Also, make sure they have plenty of stuff to gnaw on because their teeth continue to grow and this helps to keep them at a good length. It can be painful for your hamster if his teeth become too long and he may stop eating.
So if you are looking for a great hamster as a pet, Syrian hamsters should be your first pick.

Dwarf Hamsters as Pets


The hamster may be slightly nervous (which if you think about it is entirely natural), so it is probably best to leave it alone, this is what we call ‘settling in time.’ ‘Settling in’ is a key factor as the hamster may need to adjust and calm down to its new surroundings. So make sure you keep your fingers out, or you may not see them again!

Many people think dwarf hamsters lack intelligence, but this small fact proves quite against it.

Did you know: Dwarf Hamsters remember your scent and recognize you from the way you smell!

chinese dwarf hamster

Chinese hamster

Chapter 1. Introduction to Dwarf Hamsters

So if you get committed to handling your hamster after the settling in process it may just pick up your scent, and consider you as a friend! Hamsters can find it very stressful adapting to their home, can you imagine moving house in a matter of ten minutes. I do not think so! I find very useful tip is to look out of the hamsters perspective! Dwarf hamsters can be especially violent when handling; not all but most are, so it is essential to give them some time before attempting to play or handle with them. After leaving the hamster alone for a day or two, it should feel more relaxed. So at this time it is recommended to take your first steps on handling your hamster.

Chapter 2. Dwarf Hamster Biting

If your hamster is consistently nervous you place your hand in the cage; your hamster may become interested and sniff and rub against your hand this a great sign, and it eventually your hamster will begin to pick up your scent, make sure to avoid sudden movements to prevent startling your hamster.

Note: Never pick-up your Dwarf hamster while sleeping as they will be nervous and could administer a painful bite! It is understandable really; I bet you do not like being woken up on a Saturday morning!

Chapter 3. Escaped Dwarf Hamster

robo dwarf hamster

robo dwarf hamster

Most people when buying hamsters and look after them have a few problems such as escape attempts; or your just not paying attention to where your hamster is off to it swiftly dodges your eye and hides somewhere for a while. More information about Escaped Dwarf Hamsters – Dwarf Hamster Home – DwarfHamsterHome.com

There are many different methods that people have come up with as its becoming a reoccurring problem; however, I am only going to explain one thoroughly as I find it’s the safety most efficient way of detecting your hamster and capturing it safely.

Dwarf Hamster Top Tips

  • When buying your hamster from the pet shop, it is better to go later in the evening as they are more active then than in the afternoon.
  • Treat your hamster! larger cages provide more freedom.
  • If you already have pets, its best to consider seriously whether your hamster will be safe.
  • Before you buy your hamster make sure no-one in your house is allergic to them.
  • Hamsters enjoy a good run around so why not give them a roam? Make sure the room is closed and there are no unsafe objects or locations that the hamster could halm itself or hide!
  • If you decide to let your hamster run around for a bit make sure to put a towel under the door, and keep an eye on them at all times.
  • Hamsters require a clean cage which is essential so before buying your hamster make sure you are dedicated to cleaning it out at least every week.
  • Place your hamster where it can be quiet in the daytime and noisy in the evening.
  • Using a hamster ball is a great way of exercising your hamster and being safe from a humans foot! Make sure you put it in a closed room.
  • If your hamster does bite it will hurt obvious as it sounds. If your hamster does try not to make a big reaction keep it cool and lower your hamster to the floor. Usually if you are bitten by a hamster you are holding your hamster incorrectly or your fingers smell like food!
  • Hamsters require a good nights sleep to keep it healthy
  • If your hamster does escape which it probably will! Shut all doors and slowly patrol around the rooms individual. If you fail in finding your hamster try leaving a box with a treat hanging down into it with books leading up to the box, this will attract the hamster and usually it should just appear there the next morning!
  • When going on a holiday or vacation make sure you have somebody to give your hamster too or give it too pet care home.


What are the Best Hamster Cages?


Before you get a hamster, the most important decision you can make is what kind of hamster cage you will buy to house your new little friend. There are many considerations for you to think about when deciding what type of cage you will get. A lot of these factors are based on which hamster species you want to get, how many (if they are Dwarfs) and what room you will house your hamster. There are many benefits of having an appropriately sized hamster cage. As a pet owner, you want your hamster to be as healthy and happy as possible. You can ensure this by giving them a large environment to live.

Chapter 1. Hamster Cage For Sale

best hamster cage

best hamster cage

There are numerous please you can go to purchase a hamster cage. You can visit stores such as PetSmart, Walmart or pets at home, or you can go to one of many online retailers. Amazon has a huge stock of hamster cages for sale as well as related products all over the world. To get the best value for money, be sure to compare prices from different places to find the lowest price. Some cages like the ‘Savic Hamster Heaven’ include accessories such as food bowls and water bottles so be sure to see what add-on the hamster cages include before purchasing. If you are on a strict budget, a homemade hamster bin cage can be a good alternative.

Chapter 2. Syrian Hamster Cages

Syrian hamsters are much bigger than the Dwarf species. It is logical to assume that Syrians will require more space. There have been numerous studies that have proven that Syrian hamsters thrive best when in wide open spaces, this is why habitrail and crittertrail types of hamster cage are not necessarily the best when used as the only home. Every country has a different minimum recommended area of space for your hamster.

Chapter 3. Dwarf Hamster Cages

Dwarf hamsters are smaller than Syrian hamsters, and they are especially able to squeeze through the bars or small gaps that might be perfectly fine for a Syrian hamsters cage. Roborovski hamsters are especially small, so it is important to give any potential hamster cage a very close examination if you have Robo dwarf hamsters. Dwarf hamsters are social animals; therefore it is important to give dwarfs a vast open space to prevent them from becoming territorial and fighting.

Chapter 4. Good and Bad Hamster Cages

great hamster cages

great hamster cages

There is a lot of poor quality hamster cages on the market for cheap prices. Cheaper cages are made from inferior quality metal that rusts quickly with plastic trays that are not well fitting allowing gaps to appear. A good quality hamster habitat can last you for many years whereas a poor quality cage might break or need replacing in a year or so. When viewing a hamster cage, pay attention to the bar spacing the escape points. Usually, hamster cages at Walmart are not the greatest quality, so I suggest going to a specialist pet store.

Chapter 5. Aquariums For Hamsters

A great alternative to hamster cages is aquariums. They give excellent visibility so you can have a great uninterrupted view of your hamster as well as giving them great natural light into their home. Aquariums are hefty and might prove to be a problem when moving them around to clean, but you can get plastic transparent small animal habitats that offer excellent visibility and are also lightweight. If you choose to use an aquarium for your hamster, be sure to make a DIY hamster cage topper as the default lids, do not offer a right amount of ventilation.