If you are interested in adopting a Dwarf Hamster, it is a good idea to search for an established Dwarf Hamster breeder. A good breeder can sell you a better quality Dwarf Hamster than you can find from your friend up the street who bred them by mistake for instance. When you look for a breeder you may find many listed in your local area, but try and get a recommendation, and do a background check and ask for references to make sure they are a bona fide breeder with a good track record.
Ideally, you want a full time Dwarf Hamster breeder rather than someone who is just doing it as a hobby. Many breeders will sell their hamsters to any interested buyer with the right money, while others will not put their pets up for sale, preferring to keep them for themselves.
A good hamster breeder typically spends time in selecting which hamsters will be paired together. However, there are also some unscrupulous breeders who are not as keen on breeding a good pair of hamsters, they just want to breed them and offload the pups for some cash. Do not assume that all breeders know how to pair and breed quality Dwarf Hamsters, because they vary greatly.
The fact that Dwarf Hamsters have a short gestation period means that breeders are able to produce a new generation of hamsters very quickly. The years of breeding experience means that a good breeder who knows what they are doing can breed Dwarf Hamsters with certain pre-determined qualities and characteristics that they want them to have. This has lead to some beautiful looking and well behaved creatures, including Dwarf Hamsters with sapphire coloring and unique patterns.
Aside from coloring and pattern, a good hamster breeder also considers health factors as well as the behavioral traits of the hamsters they breed. They do not breed hamsters with disease or abnormalities and they also avoid hamsters with bad tempers and observe the behavior of both hamsters so that the pups will have a good temperament, and be disease free.
We all would love to save the weak, scared and undernourished hamster shivering in the corner of the shop cage, but just be aware that you may be buying a pet with many problems that ends up becoming a money pit, so choose your Dwarf Hamster and its breeder very carefully.