Diane Kipnis, owner
I fell in love with dwarf hamsters while visiting a pet store with my family over 20 years ago. They had a great display with a homemade climbing structure and they kept climbing up to the top and jumping off and kept repeating this. My daughter and I were laughing so hard, and that is all it took. We started breeding them and joined the Rat, Mouse and Hamster Fanciers Club to learn more about them. We made lots of great friends and started showing them. We did very well over the years and stopped collecting ribbons because we had too many to display! I qualified to be a hamster judge, and was President of the club for a few terms.
Unfortunately, interest in the club diminished and the club couldn’t survive without enough active members. Now I breed for pets, and this is how I get nice hamsters. It’s all in the breeding, you start with non-biters (because biting the judge is a disqualification) and you get non-biting babies.
I became a USDA licensed breeder and used to sell to Petco until Corporate decided that I was too small of a vendor to deal with. Now I sell mostly to Mom & Pop stores and families who come over to pick out a few pets.
We moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2010 and had a custom room built for my animals. It is perfect for my critters! Come visit us, we aren’t a pet store, we are a destination!
In 2011 I started breeding Teddy Bear Hamsters and Fancy Rats, so I changed my name from Dwarf Hamster Habitat to Furball Critters.