How Long Does A Hamster Live?

Depending on the hamster type, the lifespan can vary from 1 year to 4 years. See below for a table on the specific hamster types.

Hamster Type:Lifespan:
Roborovski dwarf hamster2 – 3 years
Chinese hamster2.5 – 3 years
Syrian (Golden hamster)3 – 4 years
Winter white dwarf hamsterTwelve months
Campbell’s dwarf hamster2 – 2.5 years
The lifespan of the top five common hamster types

Roborovski Dwarf Hamster

A cute white Roborovski dwarf hamster, looking at camera in a basket
Roborovski dwarf hamster – Lifespan 2-3 years

Chinese Hamster

Chinese hamster – Lifespan 2.5 – 3 years

Syrian (Golden Hamster)

a cute Syrian golden hamster eating
Syrian (Golden hamster) – Lifespan 3 – 4 years

Winter White Dwarf Hamster

Winter White Dwarf Hamster – Lifespan 12 months

Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster

Campbells dwarf hamster eating sunflower seeds
Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster – Lifespan 2 – 2.5 years

How You Can Help Your Hamster Live A Long Life

  • Keep their cage clean and hygienic
  • Provide a hamster with good quality food
  • An exercise wheel will keep them fit
  • Be on the lookout for any illnesses that need addressing from a vet
  • Handle them with care, they are only small and require a soft touch
  • Don’t feed them harmful foods, always do your research first
  • Keep their cage in an area of correct temperature and not by any drafts or open windows, or direct sunlight.

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How You Can Help Your Hamster To Have A Happy Life

  • Provide your hamster with a good size cage
  • Exercise wheel
  • Exercise ball
  • Sandbathe
  • A healthy variety of treats
  • Toys
  • Handling but not too much, they sleep during the day so try not to disturb until late afternoon/evening
  • Don’t get a hamster friend, they prefer to be on their own and they love their own company
  • Don’t play music too loud or too close to the cage. move them into another room if you do
  • Hiding places to explore in their cage

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By Teresa Mine

Teresa has studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition. She loves sharing her knowledge and educating through her articles. She loves binge-watching animal documentaries. Teresa has some pets; she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster.