Welcome to Dashing Hamsters. I created this website back in 2005, initially to have a place to share my love of hamsters. Throughout the years I have come across a lot of information that just often doesn't match up. Care standards and information are outdated, and these little creatures are misunderstood by many. So I decided to make this website as more than just a hamster lover's website, but a hamster website for modern owners who are looking for up to date advice on how to care for and understand their beloved hamsters. On DH you can learn about hamsters, see some cute pictures and read through a hamster filled blog.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

USDA's Minimum Standard

The USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture and they apparently regulate large scale breeders in the US. More info here: USDA licensed breeder= Better?. I don't know how old that is and whether if it's been changed, but using the measurements given in that article I came up with these in comparison to quarter and a 2 shillings coin. Just remember, that even if a breeder is USDA registered, it doesn't mean much.

One: For a syrian over 10 weeks of age-- 15 square inches

Two: Nursing dwarfs (mother, litter & possibly father)-- 25 square inches
Three: For a syrian 5 to 10 weeks of age-- 12.5 square inches

Four: Dwarf up to five weeks of age-- 5 square inches
Five: Dwarf 5 to 10 weeks-- 7.5 square inches
Six: Dwarf over 10 weeks-- 9 square inches
Seven: Nursing Syrians (mother and litter)-- 121 square inches
Eight: For a syrian up to 5 weeks of age-- 10 square inches

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