Meet the Chinese Hamster!

Could this be your perfect pet?

The Chinese Hamster is my favorite dwarf hamster. I suspect that for people who like pet rats (like me) or small animals with long tails in general, would also find their look very special!


However, these hamsters can be more challenging to tame than other pet hamsters. They like to be left alone and are generally hard to breed. Therefore, they aren't as popular with beginning hamster owners. Would you be able to handle this type of hamster?

Natural Habitat: In nature, chinese dwarves are resilient against freezing temperatures, rocky terrains, and food shortages. Learn more about their homes here. They are active throughout the day, especially from April to August. Most hamsters wake at night. Would you prefer a pet that wakes in the day?

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Favorite Activities: Their favorite activities include vigorously digging, climbing, and collecting food. They enjoy keeping everything tidy and there is always something to do.

Health: Seeds, insects, and veggies are great for them. But they can be prone to diabetes. They typically live around 2-3 years.

Breeding: They are difficult to breed and will require their own living space. They produce less litters than the other dwarf hamsters, They only breed 2 to 3 times a year in February to October.

Social: Chinese Dwarf Hamsters are solitary animals. They may be finicky with humans and definitely prefer to live separated from other hamsters. If you also like these hamsters as pets, try only getting one or one cage for each hamster. Can you afford to host one cage to one hamster?

Want to learn more?

Learn more about the "Ratlike" look.

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Would you recommend Chinese Dwarf Hamsters?

Chinese Dwarf Hamsters are so cute. I love their little short tail. What do you think about Chinese Dwarves? Would you recommend others to get this species?

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I would reccommed this pet without a second thought!!! Not rated yet
Exactly a week ago, I went to the pet shop to pick a hamster. In the bottom cage, which had no wheel or toys, a Chinese hamster was running around. Her …

Yes Not rated yet
They are the cutest animals ever! I have one and he is so adorable! If you get a chinese dwarf hamster you will have a best friend for life, well until …

Long lived if not hassled!! Not rated yet
I've had my little male Chinese hamster for 5, yes FIVE!, years!! He did live with his brother until 3.5 years ago when his brother sadly passed away. …

cute,clean and active Not rated yet
I would like to recommend these as they are very cute, clean and tidy, active and easy to maintain

My favourite of the hamsters Not rated yet
I have owned a syrian hamster, two russian whites and then my chinese hamster Erny. Erny was by far the best of my hamsters. He was fast, energetic, easy …

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