At just 4-5cm long these hamsters are the smallest species of hamster that can be kept as pets. They have a life expectancy of around 2-2 1/2 years.
If you have a cuddly pet in mind these hamsters are not the best pet as they are quite hard to handle, they can be difficult to catch but will very rarely bite. These hamsters are very agile and are great hamsters to set up playpens and spaces to play in. They can be kept in groups but you will need to be aware that they may need to seperated at a later date if fighting ensues.