I used to have a hamster called Dorito, but I went on holiday and it was left with my dad. Sadly, he forgot to feed it and the poor thing died. I can remember when we were looking at hamsters in Pets At Home and there were russian dwarves but I couldn't get one as I'd bought the cage beforehand and was told that dwarves need specialised cages!
Anyway, hope you do well with your hamster! And remember to interact with it each day because I heard that if left for a few days, dwarf hamsters quickly loose their ability to be tame!
My dwarf hamster is perfectly fine and he is about three years old. The oldest hamster I have had was called Nacho and he was four and a half but he died this year because of a tumour in his eye. I really miss him! They are so nice. Roland is not what I would call tame, but I can hold him if I catch him in the wheel. Where did you here that you need a specialist cage for dwarf hamsters? That is not true. Sure, there are cages which dwarf hamsters are unsuitable but most of them are perfectly fine.
It was this lady in Pets At Home and she said that they can squeeze through the bars! Myself, I didn't believe it at the time but with the lady being exceptionally pretty, my dad didn't bat an eyelid when she was telling him about the cages. Just another way to get money out of people I suppose as dwarf hamster cages are nearly twice as expensive from what I've seen!
And that's a bit of a coincidence Dorito - Nacho !
The staff at Pets At Home are really unreliable. Most of the people working there are teens who are like sixteen or seventeen and they are just looking for work and pets at home just let them in. In the adoption centre at pets at home they have all the names upof all the animals. For example, one of the signs said:My name is: Jim: I need a new home because: my owner is moving house: I am: a guinea pig. Pets at home claim that the animals have been named by their former owners but I saw a boy and a girl who were about sixteen naming the animals. "Oh, lets name this one Bob." Is what they were saying. They are also completely and utterly clueless when it comes to reptiles.