Dwarf Hamster Breeding
Considerations Before Starting a Family
So you want to do a little dwarf hamster breeding, huh. Have a hamster mom and a hamster dad and little hamster babies. Well dwarf hamster breeding isn’t quite as simple as putting a boy and a girl in the same cage together. Before you decide you would like to breed these adorable creatures, you need to have thought through the entire process and possibly even planned it out on paper. Two of the main considerations before you take any action are what you plan to do with the babies and which dwarf hamsters are going to be the new parents.
So what are you going to do with the baby hamsters after their born and weaned? If you’re thinking that you’re going to turn a quick profit selling them to your local pet store, think again. Many pet stores refuse to accept baby hamsters from the general public. The average size of a litter of pups ranges anywhere from four to six and the Campbell Russian dwarf hamsters can have as many as 14 pups in a litter. So if you are going to keep them for yourself, you need to consider if you’ll have enough room for all of them. While they’re a litter it’s not too bad, but when they grow older they’ll undoubtedly need to be separated to alleviate overcrowding in their home.
What if the hamsters become ill? Do you have the financial resources to provide them with the professional medical care they need? Another possibility is that the mother may die following birth. This means that you’re left holding the hamster baby bottle so to speak. Can you handle this responsibility – not only in the realm of knowing what to do, but financially and in terms of the time commitment necessary?
Well if you’re planning on going through with dwarf hamster breeding, there is some groundwork you’ll need to do. Before deciding who the two lucky love makers will be, you need to dig into the history of the potential parents. No, this isn’t an invasion of privacy, it’s solid research. When you perform this research, you’re specifically examining their genetic history. You want to know if anywhere in their past, any of their “ancestors” are carrying any defects or life-threatening illnesses that may pop up. You probably don’t want to do any dwarf hamster breeding with hamsters from a pet store. You are just about certain not to know enough about their health history to breed them responsibly.
Ideally you should know enough about the two little furry creatures to say that they are a good enough match to produce healthy, good-natured babies. One of the aspects that you should consider is the size of your hamsters. Also, take into account the health of each animal as well as the temperament of the pair. If you’re interested enough in dwarf hamsters that you’re thinking about dwarf hamster breeding, then you already realize that each animal has a distinctive personality of their own. When you’re matching up the hamsters, take this into account as well. Don’t even put the hamsters together until you’ve really looked at all the qualities of the pair – the good and the bad. These qualities are going to passed on to their babies.
Another attribute you also want to pay special attention to is the colors of the hamsters you’re breeding. This may sound strange, but because of the specific genetic makeup of some hamsters, hamsters of certain colors should not be mated with others. Believe it or not, birth defects may occur.
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