Dwarf Hamsters: The Basics
Butterscotch, "The Scotch"
Getting Started: The Basics
Some people look at dwarf hamsters as just another rat. That is far from the truth. Here are some basics about getting started with your dwarf hamster. (I'll get more detailed about care, etc in other articles as we go.)
These small pets are extremely docile and full of personality. My personal recommendation would be to get a female dwarf. Why? Females tend to be less stinky than male dwarfs. Like other male animals, they like to pee and mark their territory. My females dwarfs get their habitats cleaned once a week and most of the time their is very little to no odor at that time.
The key to getting your dwarf to be docile is having hands on contact with it at least once a day. I make sure to handle mine when checking my emails in the evening. I have my dwarfs set up in my home office. If your dwarf is nippy at first, which it probably will be, due to its new surroundings, try picking it up and handling it with a cheap pair of the brown jersey work gloves. They only cost about $1 a pair. That way the dwarf can nip or bite without you flinching and reacting. They learn fast that it's useless to bite at that point.
As far as the home you get for your dwarf. I highly recommend staying away from any of the cages out there that have bars like a bird cage. You'll forever be cleaning up bedding, etc thrown out thru the bars. A fish tank or the cages made of plastic are way better. No mess to clean up, and nothing to irritate your mom, dad, or significant other.
Then instead of going merely for the cute set up, get the one that is easy to clean and reach into. Try not to have areas where cleaning will be difficult. Cleaning my main set up involves removing the dwarfs and sucking the habitat clean with the hose from the vacuum. 2 minutes tops.
Watch for more articles about caring for, and learning about your dwarf hamster.