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Everyone loves Eric!
Member Name: xxfoxyredxx
Advantages: Beautiful, cute, docile
Disadvantages: Too quiet for me!
A long time ago on here I requested a link to write about my Russian Dwarf Hamster Eric Donald. I was told to write my review here which actually really, really annoyed me as he is not Chinese he's Russian however I will bury our pride and write about him here!
Eric is about 8 months old now. I bought him for around £15.00 at the time from Pets At Home store cos I bought him as a she and with his sister (least I think she was a she!) and I called him Doris Pearl and his sister Edna Deidre. I'm hamster mad me and thought nothing of having five hamsters in my home and the Russians you can house together alot of the time though you do have to watch this of course (colonies)!
Sadly though two days into having them both Edna simply died in my hand right out of the blue. I don't know what happened and me and my flatmate at the time were totally devasted. She was only a few weeks old and it didn't seem at all fair as I'd only just lost my Syrian boy Colin.
I then quickly researched whether I could rush out and get a mate for the then Doris (it was only later I found his bits and that he was renamed Eric lol). I am a member of the Southern Hamster Society and I gave them a call about it and they said no I couldn't as the 8 weeks had passed in his life to which I could introduce him to mates (male or females) and if I did add one they'd more than likely fight to the death. In hindsight it was a good job that I was advised against it as the then Doris was male and I'd of bought a female and got over run with rodents I bet! lol.
Well like I have mentioned he is a Russian and he is typical in appearance of the breed. They are very small with a sort of rounded body and measure in length around 10-12cm when fully grown with a pointed head, alert and pointy ears and dark slightly beady eyes (2 lol). Colour wise the most popular colour around is grey with a white underbelly and a black stripe running down the length of their backs but I have seen them in brown and white with a dark stripe running down the back too, Eric is grey and really lovely to look at!
Their life span is around 1 1/2-2 years though again these have been known to outlive other breeds of hamsters quite alot with alot of people saying their hamsters are still going strong just under three years which is really great for a small furry!
I haven't bred with Eric though I have with Syrians and like Syrians the period of pregnancy is 14-16 days. Personally I had a bad experience with breeding hamsters and 7 of my 11 babies died so I have to admit I don't fancy ever doing it again!
So a little history lesson on your Russian Dwarf then?! Campbell's Russian dwarf hamster (Phodopus campbelli) is a species of dwarf hamster. It was discovered by W.C. Campbell in 1902 in Russia but also in China though of course they are refered to as Russians!
Cute cuddly and prone to weight gain my Eric is not one bit active though this isn't typical of the breed at all apparently. He is lazy! Simple as that. Like all hammies he is nocturnal though I have to admit more often than not I do have to check he's still in the land of the living. He's great at making a bed though he has a little house to the top of the cage he enjoys residing in and he stays asleep for many more hours than he ever is awake lol.
He's ever so easy to look after and docile. He's never bit me or anyone else to date and I can't see him ever doing it. He eats normal hamster food along with my other Syrian boys though you can buy a dwarf mix which is basically smaller bits of dried food and sometimes better for them because Russian dwarfs are very prone to diabetes but I did try a smaller mix for him and it didn't seem to go down so well so all I do is limit his treats somewhat to readdress the balance a bit. Believe me and all Eric loves his treats and like all hamsters loves to store food in his pouches!
I do groom him with a little soft brush from time to time, clip his nails and unlike my Syrians he has never needed his teeth trimmed (thank the lord as its a job that makes me cringe!). Hes sociable enough too and although he lives on his own in a large tank cage (as these little hamsters can escape out of the smallest hole or space, not that Eric does hes far too lazy for that lol) I do have a playpen that I pop all my four into supervised for some exercise and never once has he been involved in a scrap and he keeps himself pretty much to himself and my bigger boys ignore him like he's not even there and carry on trying to fight amongst themselves lol!
My Eric is not active although he does have toys and a wheel and things of course and lives a life of luxury. All hes interested in is sleep and food. I do cuddle him and pop him in my pocket and the likes but really he doesn't want or need me!
Hes a good climber (when he can be bothered, which again isn't very often!) looks lovely and is known to me and everyone around him as little pudding cos he is a bit of a blob lol but hes lovely, tame and very calming to be around.
My experience with the Russians is a very positive one. Hes quiet, doesn't bite anyone and looks after himself, in fact for me he is probably a little too independent for me really! I barely see him!
All in all do I reccomend this breed? Well yes I do but I wont lie and say I'd get another one as I am pretty much sold on the more lively and inquisitive breed of Syrians but thats not to say I don't love my Eric and cherish him very much as I do!
All animals should be a considered purchase of course and I'm very much against these being bought for children and believe that they should be in a family environment and adored by all. No longer are these a cheap pocket money pet and my lot cost a lot of money to look after but they deserve it!
Summary: Hes lovely!
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