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Q: What's The Difference?

October 17, 2011 | By Poppy W. | 4 answers | Expired: 996 days ago

Poppy W.

My class is taking a poll to decide what the best class pet is best for the class...(In biology, we're studying adaptation) So, does anybody know of any significant differences between Dwarf Hamsters and Teddy Bear hamsters?

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Jillian
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Oct 18, 2011

Dwarf hamsters are smaller, but require the same amount of space and attention as the Teddy Bears. I don't know if this is typical, as I only had one dwarf and several Teddy Bears, but my dwarf burrowed much more than the Teddys ever did. She'd push her litter to one corner and hide in it, but she was very friendly. Dwarf hamsters only live 1-2 years, whereas Teddy Bears live 2-3.

Perhaps you should make the argument that having a classroom pet isn't in the best interest of the animal. Other than it not being the safest environment for these escape artists, hamsters are nocturnal and should be sleeping during school hours. It's also irresponsible to use an animal as a classroom gimmick instead of them being given the opportunity to bond with a specific owner in a far less stressful home environment. Some classrooms will even go so far as to allow the kids to take the animal home for a night, which is about as stressful as it can get for a little animal.

Then there's also the argument of where this hamster will come from. Pet stores buy them from the hamster equivalent of a puppy mill. In these breeding mills, the animals are kept in small, often filthy enclosures where they're bred and bred and bred. Pet stores many times sell sick animals b/c of this, and shouldn't profit from the exploitation, abuse, and neglect of the animals they're churning out. It's easy enough to find one on petfinder or even craigslist who needs a good home.

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Ches21
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Oct 17, 2011

Dwarf Hamsters are much smaller than teddy bear hamsters and I have had dwarf hamsters before they are very entertaining to watch there was one we called Ding-dong and she would run on the side of the wheel and on top of it instead of in the middle. We had Kiss she kissed anyone who held her and then Feisty was very feisty and then Visous wasn't much of a people hamster she bit everyone I couldn't tell you much about teddy bear hamsters except that they are bigger than dwarf hamsters and they come in diffrent colors I don't know the colors though.

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Ches21
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Oct 18, 2011

Also it's biology right so maybe there should be frogs or lizards or snakes instead I had a biology teacher with fire belly toads and knew one that had fish and birds but I never had a hamster in a classroom before there were ducklings rabbits and chicks when I was in elementry school though. My dad was a janitor at a high school where they had a humongus lizard in a tank it looked prehestoric and it said don't pet me I bite I was kinda scared of it. But never hamsters I have only seen class hamsters on tv and movies.

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