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Dwarf Hamsters [Paperback]

Sharon Vanderlip
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Sept. 1 1999 Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals
Here is an interesting hamster variety for hobbyists, as well as great pets for children who are taught how to care for them.


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From the Inside Flap

(back cover )
Information and advice to help you
take good care of your Dwarf Hamsters

Typical Dwarf Hamsters:
their origins, anatomy, physical traits, temperament, and more

Expert advice: feeding, health care, taming, exercise, and play activities

Understanding your Dwarf Hamster: body language and its meaning

  • Step-by-step directions for everyday care
  • Informative and attractive sidebars

  • Filled with handsome full-color photos

    (picture caption)
    Owners should handle these tiny playful creatures frequently to keep them tame and friendly.

    --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars LOTS OF PICTURES! Jan. 9 2002
    By Angela
    Format:Paperback
    What makes a good book about hamsters? Lots of PICTURES. And this book has plenty! Cute little dwarfies smiling, dancing doing back flips, playing basketball and being cuuuute! Photographs, not just drawings. I think the best part of it is that only sick or injured hamsters are drawn. That way you never get to see an actual hamster in bad condition. Photos of animals that have been injured can be disturbing, especially for dwarf hamster-obsessed people like me. There are like 4 or 5 drawings only, and LOTS of photos. Tons! I love this book!
    Even though it's pretty thin, this manual is close to complete. It focuses on the eveyday pet owner, not just on breeders. There are not too many home remedies, it mostly recommends taking your pet to the vet. The section on recuperating a lost hamster is smart. Valuable information. It doesn't go too technical but it tells it just like it is. No kiddie speak. Also, most of the hamsters pictured are gray, just like my own Campbell's dwarf. That has made the book so much more enjoyable. There's a section on how to distinguish between 4 types of dwarf hamsters.
    Get this book! You will want to eat it!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    Dwarf Hamsters -A Complete Pet Owner's Manual- by Dr. Sharon Vanderlip, provides all of the essential information required to select, purchase, understand and care for this interesting group of pocket pets. The organization is clean and easy to use as a reference. Well-structured, readable tables present information on their taxonomy, biology, health care, reproduction and genetics. It is filled with good photos and illustrations. Of particular value to hamster owners, and veterinarians alike, is the advice given on how to gather the proper information and observations that will be necessary if a pet owner needs to seek veterinary care for their dwarf hamster. This compact, but information packed, book will be useful not only to pet owners, but for anyone involved with the housing and care of these species. It is an extraordinary value and written to be appreciated by first time hamster caregivers, pet fanciers, and by veterinarians.
    Phillip T. Robinson, MS, DVM, DACZM
    Director, VeterinaryReview.com
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Full of information Aug. 30 2002
    Format:Paperback
    This has been a very helpful book, explaining a lot of our hamster's behavior and helping us to care for her better. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is that, once in a while, it leaves you hanging. For example, it explains the potential problems with various types of bedding material, but never comes right out and says which is best. Still, it's well worth getting, even if it's not perfect.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Out-dated and General with Some Useful Information Sept. 28 2014
    Format:Paperback
    I own four of Sharon Vanderlip's books and this was the first one I read. I soon realized that she often repeats the same information in each of her books which range from the subjects of dwarf hamsters, mice, guinea pigs and chinchillas.This just shows how general she is with a lot of her information. She doesn't seem to have much experience on caring for all of these and the knowledge she shares is quite theoretical.
    In this book, I found the layout to be a little random. The sequences of information did not go well with my thought-process. There also seemed to be little correlation between the visuals on the page and the information in that section.
    On a positive not, however, there is a very valuable section at the beginning of the book where she discusses the different species of dwarf hamsters and their classification under Kingdom Animalia. Other than this, her description of the species characteristics was not completely accurate.
    To any buyers out there, I encourage you to do research on a more up-to-date source. A lot of what she says is no longer practiced by hamster enthusiasts and it's up to you to sift through this book, picking out the false bits.
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    Format:Paperback
    Dwarf Hamsters -A Complete Pet Owner's Manual- by Dr. Sharon Vanderlip, provides all of the essential information required to select, purchase, understand and care for this interesting group of pocket pets. The organization is clean and easy to use as a reference. Well-structured, readable tables present information on their taxonomy, biology, health care, reproduction and genetics. It is filled with good photos and illustrations. Of particular value to hamster owners, and veterinarians alike, is the advice given on how to gather the proper information and observations that will be necessary if a pet owner needs to seek veterinary care for their dwarf hamster. This compact, but information packed, book will be useful not only to pet owners, but for anyone involved with the housing and care of these species. It is an extraordinary value and written to be appreciated by first time hamster caregivers, pet fanciers, and by veterinarians.
    Phillip T. Robinson, MS, DVM, DACZM
    Director, VeterinaryReview.com
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Dwarfs Aug. 6 2002
    Format:Paperback
    I wanted to hug this book, the pictures of the Dwaf Hamsters are so cute and cuddly. I really enjoyed reading about how to tame you Hammie, breeding, and personality. Its so cool that Dwarfs have their own book all about them, this is the only book you'll need, u have to get it!
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