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Chinese Hamster


All about Chinese hamsters. All in one place.

Chinese Hamster Library

All about Chinese hamsters. All in one place.

Chinese Hamster Pup Development

Chinese hamsters are born naked and blind. They are vulnerable and totally dependent on their mothers.

It only takes two weeks for them to look like miniature replicas of an adult. By four months old they are almost fully grown.

A lot happens in the first two weeks of a hamster’s life!

By 2 days old they can turn themselves the right way up if they are pushed over by their mother. By 8 days old they are mouthing solid food. Around 10 days old they start to leave the nest, and by 12 days old they are beginning to carry food back to the nest. By 14 days old they learn how to dig.

Ears open between 10 and 14 days old, and eyes open between 12 and 14 days old. By 19 days old they have learned how to climb.

Prenatal Development

8 days: heart begins to develop

10 days: front legs start to grow

11 days: back legs and tail grow

13 days: male and female pups differentiate

14 days: teeth begin to grow

15 days: ears develop

16 days: digits separate on the front paws

17 days: digits separate on the rear paws

18 days: eyelids fuse and ears close over

19 days: whiskers grow

As well as learning lots of new skills, young hamsters grow rapidly.

At birth Chinese hamsters weigh 1.5-2.5 grams. At 2 weeks old they are around 10 grams and at 4 weeks old they are 20 grams. By the time they are old enough to rehome at 6 weeks they are around 25 grams, 10 times their birth weight!

The development of a Chinese hamster pup is wonderful to watch. Follow Vectis Hamstery on Facebook to see our baby Chinese hamsters grow up.

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