What is a Fancy Russian Dwarf Hamster?

The name “Fancy Russian Dwarf Hamster” comes from Pet stores around the world.

Russian dwarf hamsters are one of the most popular dwarf hamster pets worldwide and are becoming more popular as pets for children and young adults.

What is the Difference Between Fancy Russian Dwarf Hamsters & Normal?

Fancy Russian Dwarf HamstersA Fancy Russian dwarf hamster is basically a Russian dwarf hamster that has a different fur pattern, colour and different feature to Campbell’s Russian dwarfs and Winter Whites. Fancy Russian dwarf hamsters are normally hybrids (mix between Campbell’s & Winter White hamsters).

Fancy’s are roughly the same price but sometimes more than normal Russian dwarf hamsters and can be bought from big brand pet stores.

If you are looking to buy Campbell’s or Winter whites, individual breeders are the best place to get them and they generally are harder to find because rare and hard to obtain.

What Do Fancy Russian Dwarf Hamsters Eat, Need & Play With?

Fancy dwarf hamsters just like any dwarf hamster eat the muesli, nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables and dried mill worms. They enjoy a balanced diet and prefer to eat nuts that are higher in fat like sunflower seeds.

In terms of environment, they need a large dwarf hamster cage, bedding and accessories to play with. Being nocturnal, they awaken at night and sleep within the day only waking up to get foods every few hours.

They love running in a wheel and this is a great way to help them burn of energy. A better option for your dwarf hamster is the Flying Saucer. Learn more about it here.

Along with a loving owner they will also need fresh water at all times, a cage clean out every 4-7 days and handling once a day to build up a strong relationship with your hamster.

Why Buy A Fancy Russian Dwarf?

Dwarf hamsters are great pets to have and require hardly any maintenance. They look after them selves and love human attention once tamed. They make great pets for children but better for young adults and adults.

If you decided to buy one or have one already, RussianDwarfHamster.Org will always be here to help you with any problems, questions or queries.

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Buying A Dwarf Hamster Cage – How To Save Money & Time

Dwarf hamster cages come in all shapes and sizes but how do you know which one to buy… You don’t.

Buying a Dwarf Hamster Cage - How To Save Money & Time

Ferplast Duna Dwarf Hamster Cage – Inside View

If you’re like me, a bargain hunter then you have probably considered buying a dwarf hamster cage without knowing whether it will benefit you, save you money (in the future) and if it’s easy to maintain/clean.

I am going to help you decide on the buying a dwarf hamster cage that will save you money and time.

Buying a Cage or an Aquarium?

Believe it or not, Aquariums for dwarf hamsters are better than cages.

Aquariums are glass tanks that can be used as a hamster home and provide a great 360 view and more space for your hamster to run, play and hide.

Although they are roughly the same price but sometimes more they will benefit you greatly with time & money.

The price for an aquarium for all types of dwarf hamsters is around $70-85 with free delivery (you do not want to have to carry that home, it’s easier delivered) and this one meets the recommended cage size, click Here to see more reviews.

An aquarium also stops biting of the bars which saves you money in the future buying a cage without bars.

Buying a Cage for Two Dwarf Hamsters

Having more than one dwarf hamster is popular with Russian dwarf hamsters as they are one of the only species of hamster to live in a pair, under certain circumstances.

Keeping two together is still risky as they may become enemies when kept together in a cage that does not provide enough room. Paired Russian dwarf hamsters need plenty of room to avoid future fighting, territorial behaviour and possible severe injury.

It is recommended to keep two dwarf hamsters together within an aquarium that is at least 20+ gallons in size. This will provide enough space for our Top 10 accessories they LOVE.

Here is a good tank that I have and still use to this day that can hold two dwarf hamsters. It can be bought for the same price as our most recommended dwarf hamster CAGE called the Ferplast Duna.


Choosing the right environment for your hamster is very important. A spacious cage/tank will ensure a happy hamster life and will save you time, effort and money cleaning out.

Large dwarf hamster cages like the Ferplast Duna cage are great cages however they do take about 10-30 minutes to clean out, prepare and put back together. This after a couple of months becomes something you do not look forward to doing.

Aquariums are easy to clean, eliminate bar chewing and provide a safe reliable and escape proof environment.

How to save money Buying dwarf hamster cages.

Aquariums/Tanks can be filled with toys, saw dust and tubes to create a really fun hamster home.

There is a reason why pets stores use tanks and that is because they provide plenty of space, see through glass and they are easy to maintain/clean.

We recommend you check out this 20 gallon tank for reptiles, hamsters and more. It is only $64.95 for the next 24 hours. Click here to see more reviews of this cage.


Russian Dwarf Hamster Eye Problems – Sticky Eye

When a Russian Dwarf Hamster has eye problems it can be very upsetting to see. Especially if they are struggling to see.Dwarf hamster Eye Problems

There are a few common reasons for eye Russian dwarf hamster eye problems and they are:

  1.  Infection – Under/behind the eye or even within the cheeks or jaws
  2. “Sticky Eye” -when the eye becomes sticky and hard to open
  3. Old age is the most common reason for eye problems and sticky eye forming.

Infections – Infections can happen at any time and need to helped earlier than later. Eye infections and cheek infections can cause pain, weight loss and death. It is always advised that you take your hamster to the vet if you think an infection is present.

2. Sticky Eye – This is a condition that happens when something gets within the eye. After a while it will become “gewy” and sticky. Hence the name sticky eye. It is very common with old age and hard to treat.

3. Old age – When a hamster grows older (1, 2 or 3 years of age) they are more prone to infections, sticky eye & much more. This is normal with age.

What You Should Do if your Russian Dwarf Hamster has Eye Problems

If your worried about your hamster then you should take them to the vet. The vet will be able to tell you if there is a problem.

Russian Dwarf Hamster Eye Problem (Infection)Generally problems like infections swell up (like a balloon) and a can be easy to notice. Vets and medical animal doctors will give you treatments and helpful advice on your individual problem. Do not leave it to late if your hamster is becoming bony, weak and sleeping more than often.

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