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Old 10-08-2016, 07:11 AM   #1
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Question Looking at getting another hamster

I recently lost a hammy, i do miss having a little furry friend it won't be anytime soon but i have always had Syrian hammys i was thinking of maybe getting a or a couple dawf hamsters does anyone have any advice?
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:53 AM   #2
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I'm completely biased when it comes to dwarf hams in general but I would advise you to give some though to what you want from a ham as they are rather different to syrian hams, do lots of research on each species, Russians (Winter whites/Campbells/hybrids), Chinese & Robos all have different characteristics that may or may not appeal to you.
If you have a read through the different species sections here on the forum you may get a good idea of other people's experiences with their dwarf hams & what they are like to own, or be owned by
Russian hams have a bit of a reputation for being nippy but I haven't found that to be a problem with most of mine, they are a little easier to tame than the other dwarf species & do often like to interact & have plenty of out of cage time.
Chinese tend to need a bit more time & patience with taming, they are a lot faster than the Russian hams which are a lot faster than syrians so you have to be sure you can cope with that! Chinese do tend to have a very sweet nature, males can be quite cuddly little things (& sometimes lazy) whereas females can be rather hyper & super active as well as very agile!
Robos are also very fast, tiny little things, some do become hand tame with patience but others may prefer not to interact so much with humans & can be harder to tame & bond with.
Getting the cage size & set up can be a bit challenging with dwarf hams, I've had some that loved lots of space & made full use of it but others can be intimidated by too much space, you won't really know which your ham will be until you have it so you may need to be open minded & flexible when considering that.
Keeping pairs is far from easy & many fall out as they begin to mature & want their own space so if you do consider a pair bear in mind that you will need to have a second cage ready just in case, falling out can happen quite suddenly so you do need to be prepared.
Pairs need a particular kind of set up to have a chance of doing well, generally a smaller cage, no levels or anything they may get territorial over & two of everything basically.

That barely covers it really but if you have any questions just ask.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:46 AM   #3
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Thankyou Cypher i knew they were quite different it is why i have started to look into them now give myself plenty of time to read up about them and ask questions i will have a read of the species section tonight when i am less busy and have a bit more time and some more questions may have come to me by then
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:40 AM   #4
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Default Re: Looking at getting another hamster

I think Russians would be easier to start with. My first hamster, Larry-Jasper, is a Winter White.

Maybe if I explain my reasoning for my choice because I was in a similar position.

I wanted a hamster that was very cute (so every hamster lol), would be quite easy to tame and was happy to be handled. I also wanted one that would be quite active. To me, this meant a Russian Dwarf. To decide between those, I figured I may as well make use of my local breeder, which cut out hybrids from the choice. Next I though about the differences between a WW and a Campbells. The main thing for me was the risk of diabetes. WW aren't prone to diabetes but Campbells are. I wanted to not have to worry about that with my first hamster, while I was learning.

Therefore, I chose a pure bred Winter White!

I hope you can find the species you want
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:59 AM   #5
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Thankyou i guess my next thing would be where to get them from because the place i go for my Syrians only sell Syrians ...
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Old 10-09-2016, 07:05 AM   #6
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If you're not in a rush to get another ham then you could spend some time checking out breeders who might be near you or think about going to some hamster shows, there generally aren't many litters in winter but you could find somewhere by spring.
If you're thinking more about getting your ham from a pet shop then you shouldn't have any problem finding a Russian hamster or a Robo but a Russian ham would be a hybrid so you need to think about whether that's what you want or not.
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Old 10-09-2016, 07:45 AM   #7
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Russians are really fun and love interaction. Pet store hybrids come with a lot of bad genes at least in my area. (Except) I have a WW, Chloe, who doesn't have any problems at all right now an she is over 2 years old. Bought my new Russian from the same pet store that I bought Chloe at so maybe their breeders will bring good news for my new Russian.
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