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Old 11-07-2019, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default My Russian Dwarf died, I'm so upset as seemed quite young?

She was only 14 months old. This seems really young on average? I'm beating myself up thinking its something I did wrong but I cared for her as best I could.
Just wondered if anyone else has experience of them going this early despite you doing nothing wrong?
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:07 AM   #2
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Default Re: My Russian Dwarf died, I'm so upset as seemed quite young?

Hello. I am so sorry your dwarf hamster has passed. It is a terribly hard thing and they leave a big hole in our hearts. While 14 months does seem not particularly old, at 18 months they are considered old and life expectancy can be anything between 15 months and 3 years. 18 months to two years is usually expected. But some dwarf hamsters can have a shorter life span due to interbreeding. Virtually all dwarf hamsters from pet shops are hybrids of two different species of Russian dwarf hamsters - winter whites and Campbell’s. They may look like a winter white or look like a Campbell but genetically they are a mix of both species and are hybrid dwarf hamsters.

Hybrid dwarf hamsters can be prone to certain things like diabetes and can have a shorter lifespan but it can still be uncertain - some live longer and some don’t and some is just genetics or a congenital weakness they are born with. Just like humans. Some people die before their time.

We had a Robo dwarf hamster - they are supposed to live a bit longer but ours got cancer when he was only 18 months old. It is hard and not fair.

The thing to remember is your little dwarf hammy was lucky to have a lovely home and an owner who loved and cared for him - a good life.

You must miss him terribly but he is playing free over the rainbow bridge now. I hope you feel like getting another one soon as I find it helps. They will never replace the one you lost but they all have their own unique little personalities and I am sure would love a caring owner xxx
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:54 AM   #3
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Default Re: My Russian Dwarf died, I'm so upset as seemed quite young?

I'm sorry four your loss.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:34 PM   #4
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Default Re: My Russian Dwarf died, I'm so upset as seemed quite young?

So sorry for your loss but i'm sure that your hamster was well looked after so don't blame yourself.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:53 PM   #5
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I’m sorry for your loss. It’s not terribly old but since dwarfs live 6-12 months in the wild, your baby still had a good life.
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