The Dwarf Siberian Hamster
There are 3 common types of dwarf hamsters. The smallest being the "Robs" or Roborovski, the Winter White Russian and the most common type being the Campbell's Russian Dwarf Hamster, commonly referred to as the Dwarf Siberian Hamster. The Dwarf Siberian Hamster originates from Kazakhstan and Siberia. When caring for Siberian Hamsters, use the same guidelines given for any dwarf hamster.
It is important when you introduce a new pet into your environment to be prepared to train them on proper behavior. Dwarf hamsters are no different. By training them young they will be a loyal and lifetime friend.
Make sure that you purchase your new pet at a reputable pet store. Look for how these cages are kept in the store. They are clean, do they have a strong odor. Are the hamsters fighting amongstst themselves? When choosing a Siberian hamster for your family, you want to pick a healthy hamster. Not one that is sick and will result in sadness and disappointment for your family. Healthy hamsters should have clear eyes, clean fur that is not missing any patches. These can be signs that the hamster you are about to purchase could have some health issues. When wanting to buy two or more hamsters, try to get hamsters from the same liter. This will help to reduce fighting. Also choose the same sex, unless you are committed to breeding.
Making sure that your new family friend remains happy and healthy will be important to all members of your family. By making good choices in upkeep and feeding Siberians can be a long term companion. Cages should be cleaned every one to two weeks. Purchase a container to keep your small pet in while you clean the cage. Dwarf hamsters are tiny and can be easily lost.
Make sure the diet of your dwarf Siberian is appropriate. They can eat normal hamster food as well as snack on a variety of nuts, grains, fruits and vegetables. Always keep plenty of fresh water available for their easy access. Because of their tiny size, make sure that the water bottle is easily reached from the bottom of the cage you choose.
Finally make sure that you buy the equipment, accessories and toys that are customized for these little guys. Most pet stores will carry items that are marked appropriately.
Make sure to enjoy your tiny friend. Play with them, keeping in mind that they do fit in the palm of your hand and will require some special attention because of that fact.
Source by Derek Farley