Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Chinese Hamsters

Chinese hamsters are possibly the most misunderstood type of hamster there is. I hear them called dwarf hamsters, when in fact they are not, I hear them called mini dwarf hamsters, what the hell? I have even heard them called mice...granted they are very mouse like in appearance, largly due to their long, thin bodies and longer than usual tails.

I now own three chinese hamsters, two males and one female, and like to think I know a fair bit about them. For starters, they need as much space as you can afford to give them, and preferably deep cages and lots of substrate because they love to dig. 

They are also prone to diabetes just like dward hamsters, and so their diet should include as little sugar as possible. Treats without sugar are much better for their health too.

Male Chinese hamsters are obvious due to their "fun-bags".

Wherever possible chinese hamsters should live alone. Females inparticular tend to fight to the death on many occasions, but males are slightly more tolerant of each other (like mine, but I did not buy them from a pet shop together - see this post for more info).

The best thing about chinese hamsters is they are so friendly. Pea often clings to my finger or darts in and out of my clothing, sometimes even falling asleep in my sleeve or pocket. They are lovely little things and it is a shame they can be so unpopular because of how they look.


  1. They are lovely... Hihi, as for that tail: Kropka's is very similar, looks just like a part of sphaghetti ;-)

  2. my sister used to have hamsters. I don't think she was a very dedicated hamster owner though, because they kept escaping.

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  3. cool hamster
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  4. Aww, he's so cute! Now I totally want one!

  5. ive never heard of chinese hamsters. but they are cute!


  6. is it normal for them to have big back ends, mine has, only had him since friday and since then his behind has balooned, i'm quite worried.

    1. It is yes, if he is male then it is just his man parts developing :)