At roughly 50% the size of conventional hamster breeds, Dwarf Hamsters can make excellent pets for people who need a low-maintenance companion with a big personality. These tiny creatures may be too fast and too agile, however, to be kept by younger children without adult supervision.
It’s important to understand a Dwarf Hamster’s husbandry needs well in advance of any adoption. All varieties are best suited for life in an aquarium as a habitat. Dwarf breeds have a lifespan of approximately three years and will thrive on a diet of commercially available pellets mixed with fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds.
Entertaining and personable, Dwarf Hamsters do require patient and progressive socialization to become truly tame. Breeds like the Robovorski, however, are often best handled inside their enclosure only because they are not only active, but skilled little escape artists.
This simple and accessible text presents all the basic information necessary to establish a Dwarf Hamster habitat, manage your pet’s dietary needs, and monitor his health for potential illnesses. Although not difficult to keep as pets, Dwarf Hamsters – indeed all hamsters – are often “impulse” adoptions.
Your best course of action is to acquire all the necessary supplies for your pet, assemble his habitat, understand his needs, and then bring your hamster home. By following straightforward directions for socialization and training, your Dwarf Hamster should settle in quickly and happily!
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About the Author
A life-long animal lover, Lolly Brown is equally comfortable writing about exotic creatures like the Mexican axolotl or dispensing practical advice to dog owners about kennel cough.
As a child, Brown first learned about fish and aquaria when her father brought home a 10-gallon aquarium as a surprise for his daughter. Within months, the father-daughter team graduated to a 120-gallon tank and were immersed in the intricacies of tank population management.
"We had that go-big-or-go-home mentality common to the hobby," Brown said. "Now I look back and think about what we did to Mama's living room! She was very patient with us."
Brown's fascination with animals continued in college, where she took numerous field biology and wildlife classes that allowed her to view the behavior of many species in their native habitats.
She calls this period of her life the "rodent years," since her only apartment roommates were two hamsters, Hemingway and Leo (Tolstoy). "I also adopted a Guinea pig purely because I couldn't stand the conditions in the pet store," she said. "Trust me, I was in no way prepared to care for Molly and I had to learn fast!"
"The only other time I went into a pet adoption blind," Brown added, "I came home with two green anole lizards. Then I found out I was going to have to feed them live crickets.
While volunteering at her local zoo, Brown first encountered capybaras, a South American mammal that looks like an over-sized Guinea pig. The experience sparked her interest in exotic pets, a subject she continues to pursue with avid interest.
A freelance writer by trade, Brown's animal books are written for her own pleasure and the edification of her readers. She is a strong supporter of animal rescue and welfare organizations, and works with programs educating young children about the proper care of pets.
Brown maintains something of a menagerie of her own, making room in her home for a 180-gallon saltwater fish tank, a 20-year old Scarlet Macaw, a Golden Retriever, and several highly tolerant cats. (She advises that good cages make good multi-species homes.)
"If I become interested in a particular animal and have no direct experience with the creature, I get some before I start to write," Brown says. "All animals have a unique perspective on the world and their place in it. They all have particular needs -- physical and emotional -- and they all have unique personalities. These are things I want to understand before I try to communicate them to my readers."