Last Updated on September 30, 2020 by Woody Pet
Some say that the better things come in a tiny package. Small cars than drive like fun, small rolls of sushi to savor it, the best electronic gadgets that do everything larger ones can or even the cutest pets in the planet. There is something about small things that can be quite intriguing for some.
What it is not great to see that tiny is lifespan. Affected by a multitude of conditions and factors, lifespan can dictate for how long a determinate species can survive in this world.
With hamsters, this idea becomes obvious. It is not because they do not have insanely large lifespans but it is more about how they actually manage to arrive to the top of those numbers.
Today writing has to be with the lifespan of dwarf hamsters, the shortest and tiniest of the bunch. Let’s see if they have long lifespans or very disappointing ones.
Can dwarf hamsters have an impressive lifespan?
When it comes to the tiniest of the tiniest hamsters, dwarf hamsters can have a very impressive lifespan. We can see the difference when compared to dwarf ones, that hamsters like Chinese and Syrian hamsters are behind by up to 2 years in overall lifespan.
The lifespan of dwarf hamsters like the Russian winter white dwarf hamster and the Roborovski hamster can be as little as a year and a half, all the way to up to three and a half years. For a little ball of fur and cuteness that fits in your hands, is really impressive.
You need to understand that, in order to these dwarf hamsters to go that long in time, they need to be cared enough, they would need better diets, more exercise to keep them fit, a clean and hygienic environment and a lovely owner who is always with an eye on them, in case something bad like an infection, illness or trauma happen at any time.
What can affect the lifespan of a hamster?
There are several variables that can affect the lifespan of a hamster like habitat and other conditions like stress levels, pollution and cleanliness of its cage.
The lifespan of dwarf hamsters can be tied to genetics. Selecting a longer living breed, like the Robo hamsters, it could help you with its lifespan. Also, having a breed of hamsters that have already lived long enough, would probably boost your chances of having better enduring, longer living hamsters that can also be cute, be playful and be happy overall.
Other features can be just linked in the means we treat them and we care for them. Diet, the habitat they are in, exercise, well-being and even how you hold the petite things can control by how long your hamsters can really live.
If you want your hamster to live the longer, you can try to encourage exercise, making its habitat nice and clean, taking good care of the little pet and handling it with love, giving it a nice, balanced diet and keeping its overall health in check, with some visits to your trusted hamster specialist when you note some changes in behavior, in its physical condition and the presence of something abnormal inside and or out its body.
What is the longest-living hamster?
You would think that, because hamsters are so tiny anyways, they do not live very long. And you may be… a hundred percent right.
The lifespan of a dwarf hamster is around the two to almost the three-year mark, quite low for most animals but pretty normal for any animal this size.
However, there are in the world some exceptions to this rule. So, what is the longest-living hamster in the world?
While there are some reports of a Syrian dwarf hamster reaching 6 years old, the oldest living hamster was in the United Kingdom and reach the impressive age (or rather short from other animals’ standards) of 4.5 years old. It lived in the town of Tyne and Wear and it was owned by Karen Smeaton. So, when someone asks what hamster lives the longest? This is the one to beat.
And while it does not look that impressive compared to other animals like fish, remember that for a rodent, life cycles are quite accelerated. And anything above the 2-year mark is quite an impressive lifespan achieved on that tiny world.
Also remember that, like most animals, when all the conditions that secure a healthy and longer lifespan are met, a hamster can live as long as those two little ones. It is not entirely unlikely to happen again, but it can difficult to get to happen again because of all the means and methods you need to accomplish for extending a hamster lifespan.
If you comply with these recommendations, it can be possible to match (or even break the record, who knows? They are made to be broken after all) the impressive lifespan of these quite out of the ordinary pets.
When it comes to the lifespan of dwarf hamsters, one can assume that it is not that long and impressive because of the miniscule size of these kind of rodents. The true is very far from that previous statement.
Tiny hamsters like Robo hamsters can manage to go up to three and a half years being alive and well. That number could be even lower or grow even more if you take (or do not take) the means necessary to extend the lifespan of said little creature.
You should provide a healthy, clean environment, with lots of activities to do in order to them exercise, you should provide them with a nice, balanced diet that does not change suddenly every time and, in the case of times of sickness, you should be on your toes, looking for symptoms to common (and uncommon) types of illnesses, infections or traumas and go to your trusted professional veterinarian, whenever possible, to get assistance and better help with your little pet.