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The Russian Dwarf Hamster is shaped like a bullet and is about 3-4 inches long (males are usually slightly larger than females). Several color varieties are available.
Russian Dwarf Hamsters have a typical short-haired coat and thick hair covering their feet. Russian Dwarf Hamsters are fairly energetic and can be kept in same-sex pairs or in groups if they are all raised together.
With consistent interaction, these species are relatively easy to tame. Once tamed, they are friendly, confident, and curious. They are active and like to move around, so, even though they're small, they need a habitat that provides plenty of room.
Things to remember
Lifting & handlingHandle your dwarf hamster gently -- scoop her up in both hands and hold her with cupped hands so she'll feel safe and secure.
Special needsYour dwarf hamster's front teeth never stop growing -- so she needs lots of healthy things to chew on like treat sticks and chews.
ExerciseDwarf hamsters have tons of energy and need to run on a wheel in their habitat, or in an exercise ball daily.
NutritionChoose a fortified diet appropriate for hamsters.
HousingYour dwarf hamster needs a well-ventilated home, large enough for a food dish and water bottle, a hiding area (if one isn't built in) and an exercise wheel. There should be plenty of room for all cage accessories, and for her to move around freely.
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