Types of Russian dwarf hamsters and how to care for their babies

Dwarf hamsters are also known to be commonly housed at homes as pets next to the Syrian hamsters. The dwarf has two common types of species. One is the Dwarf Campbells Russian Hamster that originated in parts of grassy prairielands and semi-deserts of Central Asia, Mongolia, and some provinces in Northeastern China where they are commonly found among sand dunes; while the other is the Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster that originated from Eastern Kazakhstan and South West Siberia. The breeding of the Campbell hamster first occurred in 1968 in the United Kingdom’s zoological societies and universities. Meanwhile, the white winter hamster’s breeding first took place in the laboratories of Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine.

Dwarf hamsters give birth to an average of 5 tiny babies. Immediately after birth, it is best to leave them alone as they are very tiny and fragile. You need to refrain from touching them until after they begin to crawl. Therefore, it is not a good pet for children in the preschool years because they have the tendency to keep stroking or handling the little hamsters, and that will cause a lot of stress to them. They change color after a few days, and in about one week fur will begin to grow. Shortly after, they begin to crawl.

Words of caution for anyone who desires to have a dwarf hamster for a pet: handle them for short time intervals. Although it is basic not to play with them too much, they also need some tender touch to learn to be meek and obedient. At about the hamster’s 14th day from birth, you may start to offer it some solid foods. When it reaches its first month, it is time to separate from the mother. If you intend on having multiple dwarf hamsters on one cage, make sure that they have interacted since they were born to avoid fights when they reach their mature years, provided that the males and females are separated.

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