Meet 626 and Fawn, this adorably squooshy dwarf pair have very quickly become inseparable.
Fawn came to us earlier on in the year when snow was still on the ground, he was being given away for free with his two sisters at only 3 weeks of age. When it came time to separate him from his siblings, we felt badly for him as he was so young and had first been taken from his mum at an early age and now was alone again. He needed someone to teach him how to ham!
At that time, Mustachio Hamstery was taking care of an oops litter of dwarfs belonging to Oria (who now live with us at GCH) and her mate Vector who had been kept together as friends by their previous owner before being surrendered to members of the OHC. There was a boy in the litter who would also benefit from a buddy and so we decided to try them out.
It really was love at first sight! 626 took Fawn under his wing and taught him how to be a hamster. He also taught Fawn a love of food and he quickly turned into a lovable dumpling. These two always need to be within eyesight of each other, they sleep together, eat together, and wheel together (even though they each have their own). Their relationship illustrates that every hamster is an individual, many keepers will argue that to be a successful pair both hamsters must be related (whether mother/daughter, same sex siblings, father/son) but 626 and Fawn show that this is not always true.
We need to keep in mind that animals have their own unique personalities just like we humans. Some dwarfs would rather be solo as well, but when you do have a happy pair the benefits are noticed right away. Fawn is certainly much happier with his big brother and 626 loves taking care of him. We need to recognize that not all hamsters will fit into the same mould, and then from there our care grows and the benefits to our little friends are endless!
*also remember that syrian hamsters should never be kept in pairs or groups as adults, they are a solitary species and there are no exceptions to this rule.