Dwarf hamsters which belong to the genus Phodopus is a class of rodents which are mainly bought as pets and sometimes even as laboratory experiment animals. They are the group of hamsters who are smaller in size in comparison to their standard size and tend to live in clusters and together. Not just that, they are very adaptive to extreme temperatures and are active throughout the year.
They have a round body shape paired with short tails and their cheek pouches as well. They appear nothing different from the normal hamsters; just their size is comparatively smaller than the Syrian hamsters. They are primarily found in China, Mongolia, and Siberia, etc.
Types of dwarf hamsters:
There are mainly three types of dwarf hamsters that are predominantly known of. They are:
- Campbell’s dwarf hamster
- Djungarian hamster
- Roborovski hamster
Campbell’s dwarf hamster:
The first in the type of the dwarf hamsters is the Campbell’s dwarf hamster. Some of their important characteristics are:
- They have white fur on their lips and cheek.
- The region around their ears has a coating of gray
- There is a dark dorsal stripe that runs downs from their neck to the base of their tail.
- The standard body mass of Campbell’s dwarf hamster is 23.4 grams.
Some of the characteristic features of the Djungarian hamsters are:
- The fur around their ears and mouth is a lighter shade in comparison to the face which is a deep
- Like the Campbell’s dwarf hamsters, they too have a dark line running along from their neck to the tail.
- While the feet, throat and tail have white fur, the back is a shade of ash gray or brown.
- Some of the characteristics of the Roborovski hamsters are enlisted below:
- They are the smallest kind among all the types of hamsters that are known to mankind.
- The fur around their abdomen is gray in colour.
How to take care of a dwarf hamster?
If you are planning on bringing home a dwarf hamster, make sure you take care of them properly because they tend to need more care and attention.
- Pick out a home for them:
The first and the most important thing that needs to be done are to select the apt cage for your hamster. There are many kinds of cages, the metal wire ones, the aquarium type ones, etc. It is best to choose the cages that are safe and can be cleaned easily. It is also best to keep the dwarf hamsters together. So, if you are planning on getting a dwarf hamster, get more than one.
- Water and food:
These are the two most important requirements for your hamster after their cage. Many cages come with a water bottle but if yours doesn’t you need to make sure to buy one. It is very important to refill the bottles at least 3-4 times a week. The hamsters nibble on their food at most times, so it’s best to keep their dish stocked at all times.