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Chinese Dwarf Hamster

The Chinese dwarf hamster is the smallest member of the rat-like hamster family, with a slinkier ratty appearance. They'll grow no larger than four inches as an adult. Their hairs can be a mixture of both light and dark colors, usually colored with a black stripe down it's spine with an ivory colored belly. The scientific name for these animals is Cricetus Griseus. Originally located in the deserts of Mongolia and Northern China, it is rare to have these animals as a pet hamster because they can be difficult to breed in captivity, and there are restrictions to own them in most parts of the United States.

Mistaking these hamsters for a mouse is not uncommon because this is the only dwarf hamster with a hairless tail of about an inch long. Although it's a nocturnal creature, you may discover them roaming around somewhat during the day. The distinct difference between the genders is that the male has a large scrotal sac that is very apparent in adults. Within their communities, females are the dominant sex. The average life span can be between two and three years, they are very fast and can jump from very high heights.

Chinese Dwarf Hamster

Although rare, it is possible for these animals to be a great pet for a mature and gentle owner. A home with a lot of fresh food, water and some chew toys will most likely keep them happy. But, it's important to ensure that the hamster's home is secure enough for them not to escape and get hurt. A much safer housing option would be an aquarium rather than a cage because there are less chances for them to escape. Due to their small size, it is possible for them to completely escape or become stuck in the cage bars, which can become a traumatic experience for the both the hamster and the owner.

It requires twice as much room to house two of these animals together because the less dominate one has a better chance of getting away from the more dominant one if there are more places to go. It's a possibility that two females introduced at an early age would get along better than a male and a female. They are not always easily trainable or tamable, and their tiny size and quickness can become quite difficult for children under the age of twelve to handle. With the proper love and attention these tiny animals can be a wonderful animal to own.

Dwarf Hamsters