If you were to have two hamsters housed together, bear in mind that they will require twice as much room and therefore some cages are not suitable. Ideally the Chinese dwarf hamster will need two levels and plenty of places for which they can hide. Especially when they are in pairs as the less dominate of the two will need somewhere they can hide. Due to their size the ideal home for them is a plastic aquarium, which will prevent them squeezing through the bars of cages which is not unheard of. Also this will prevent them becoming injured when trying to escape.
Hamster food for the Chinese dwarf hamster is generally the same as any other hamster. They will thrive with a diet of seeds and pellets and also the occasional raw fruit or vegetable. Some owners will offer cheerios or a small bite sized amount of wheat bread to their hamster as a special treat. But be cautious as remember, in the wild cheerios are not found in the deserts of china and their stomachs are very fragile. You could give them meal worms or crickets, if you have them available but this species of dwarf hamster will not require them. You will also need to ensure that fresh water is plentiful, due to their very dry diet, they can often consume large amounts of water and the best method is to use water bottles as opposed to water bowls, which can become littered with bedding and food.
If the dwarf hamster care is maintained properly you will find that your pet hamster will live for up three years. However, you will need to be aware that the Chinese dwarf hamster is not very easy to tame. They can be aggressive and are known for their skittish and sometimes unpredictable behavior. Therefore, they may not be a suitable option for a young child who likes to handle their pet. A Russian dwarf hamster may be more suitable for a young child as they are generally a lot friendlier and more accustomed to being handled by humans. Chinese dwarf hamsters although very cute, will not necessarily make the ideal pet. To learn more about chinese dwarf hamsters, read this article for more information.