Which breed of dwarfs do best housed together?
Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:57 AM
The associate on the phone says they only recommend having Robos (which I do not prefer due to their aversion to being handled) and Chinese hamsters in pairs. I don't buy this and was under the impression that any dwarfs will do well in pairs, as long as they have grown up together.
Can someone confirm or deny this? What breed of dwarf does best together?
Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:09 AM
So, generally speaking robos are the easiest to pair up, but you're not interested in them so i guess after them its the russian campbells. I've seen some ppl say that winther whites have a tendency to fight aswell. I never had any personal experience with chinese but i've seen a lot of people say they dont usually get along.
So i'd say robos > RC > WW > chinese
Syrians should never be paired up after reaching maturity (probably sooner)
Edit: Fighting it's always a risk with hamsters, so if you dont have the possibility of having a 360 sq inches or bigger enclosure and don't want to have to split them into 2 cages the best option it's to get a single hamster. They can be verry happy alone if you give them an enclosure with enough space and stuff to keep them mentally stimulated
Edited by nef, 06 June 2012 - 06:12 AM.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:14 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:46 AM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 02:45 PM
In the wild, robos live in colonies and campbells sometimes live in groups of a few member (although some solitaries are observed).
Winter Whites usually live alone but can be observed living as couples their whole life (male + female so in captivity it's more risky since it's same gender pairs).
Chinese hamsters are solitary in the wild exept for mating season, like syrians.
In my opinion this should be respected and they should be kept alone, but them being less agressive than syrians some owners manage to keep them in pairs.
Personally the only ones I'd recommend in pair are the robos.
Campbells could do as long as you find them in your area.
For the other two the chances you might have to separate them are very high.
Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:46 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:47 PM
Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:39 PM
Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:30 AM
Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:32 AM
Chinese should be at the top of the list. They're first instinct is family, hence, they get long very well with other hammies in the same litter all throughout their lifespan. Placing them with another Chinese hamster that is not in their family, well thats a different story. But if you are getting two hamsters, get two chinese dwarfs from the same litter and you'll have no problem. The people at Petsmart/PetCo can tell you more about that, they are some of the ones who informed me about this as well. Have fun!
Not necessarily true. Most people have problem keeping Chinese hams housed together more so than dwarf hamsters. It isn't a guarantee just because they are related. However when I asked around on a bunch of forums about keeping chinese hamsters together, it seemed that habitat played a huge role in their success.
I wouldn't say that any hamster's first instinct is family. Their social needs are not as strong as other animals such as rats, who will starve themselves if it means that their bonded cage mate will be harmed. Dwarfs hamsters as well as Chinese hamsters are not that social. Their instinct for hoarding is stronger than their need for a social group. If having dwarfs in pairs/groups was that important to their well being than it would be almost cruel to keep them alone.