The Chinese dwarf hamster will live about 2-3 years which isn’t long but most hamsters have a short lifespan. They average in size about 10-12cm.
Not technically a dwarf hamster, however, we will mention them due to their small size. Chinese hamsters are also known as mousy-hamsters or striped
You want to pick a cage that is a good size, escape-proof, safe, and easy to clean. Unfortunately, many cages you will find at the pet store do not meet all these requirements when it comes to dwarf hamsters or Chinese hamsters since they are much smaller than their larger Syrian hamster cousins.
It is different from any other dwarf hamster because of its large size.
10 gallon sized glass cage with locking top, or similarly sized plastic hamster cage. Several toys. One or two hide houses.
Chinese hamsters again can be kept in pairs or groups, as can Roborovski. In all cases do not mix males and females unless intending to breed.
When you purchase a Dwarf hamster, whether it is a Chinese, Robo (Roborovski dwarf) Campbells or Winter White dwarf (collectively, and incorrectly called 'Russian Hamsters' or 'Russian dwarfs') you must choose a cage that suits your pets needs, always bearing in mind its small size.
The minimum size for a cage housing a pair of dwarf or Chinese hamsters would be 80 cm. long by 50 cm, deep by 35 cm. high (2 ft. wide by 2ft. deep by 1 ft. high). Bedding materials. Hamsters should be bedded down on CareFresh® or short chopped shredded paper.
Is the cage big enough? The minimum size for a hamster cage is 360 square inches.