Do you know how to choose a hamster?

Which hamster to choose?

You will probably have a deep and sincere attachment to your hamster. Nevertheless, before adopting one, you want to choose the proper one. Whether it’s male or female, your future rodent may have different characteristics. we’ll facilitate your make your choice.


  • Choose a breed of hamster
  • Golden (or Syrian) Hamster
  • Dwarf Hamster
  • Roborovski’s hamster
  • The Chinese hamster
  • Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster
  • The Russian hamster
  • A male or a female?
  • Where to adopt your hamster?

Choose a breed of hamster

There are 5 breeds of hamster that are grouped into 2 groups. The hamster and also the dwarf hamster.

Golden (or Syrian) Hamster

As its name suggests, its country of origin is Syria moreover because of the geographic area of Turkey. The Mesocricetus auratus is slightly larger than its dwarf counterparts. it’s also said to be easier to tame and handle. it’s therefore advisable if this is often your first rodent. If you have got to take care of possible bites, your hamster isn’t caused you any concern when it involves the limited cuddles it likes to cuddle.

However, you must raise it alone. After all, your Syrian hamster is especially a solitary animal within the wild. Therefore, it doesn’t tolerate the presence of other hamsters. The resulting fights most frequently cause the death of 1 of the 2. Its price: from 6to 11$.

Dwarf Hamster

Several hamster breeds are grouped together within the category of dwarf hamsters. They correspond to different characteristics in each of them. All of them can live together, provided they need been wont to one another from a young age. Indeed, if your hamster once an adult receives a visit in its cage from a fellow hamster, a deadly fight will escape in any case.

Roborovski’s hamster

He comes from Mongolia and Northern China. it’ll be perfect if yousearching for a hamster to observe first. Indeed, rather fearful, it’s not easily tamed. Contacts are difficult with you initially. he’s not dangerous in any way. Its price: from 4 to eight $.

The Chinese hamster

It’s a rather shy, reserved, quiet hamster. Like Roborovsky’s hamster, it’ll not be easy to tame it, even if, in time, you’ll manage to form it a docile rodent. within the wild, it’s a very wild hamster. you’ll have little or no chance of being bitten when he likes to pet you. Its price: from 6 to eight $.

Campbell’s dwarf hamster

This type of hamster isn’t found in pet stores. Pretty quiet rodent if it had been raised right. Otherwise, the Campbell’s hamster is more aggressive than other hamsters. As a result, it can bite more frequently. it’s not the best hamster for hugs and cuddles. In fact, you may probably prefer a Russian hamster. Its price: from 10 to fifteen $.Note that the Siberian hamster resembles it, with the difference that its coat changes during the winter (white).

The Russian hamster

It denotes as compared to its congeners. First of all, it’s more sociable since it can brook other hamsters. Here again, however, you may sit up for signs of aggressiveness. Your future Russian hamster has the advantage of being particularly docile, calm, and extremely endearing. It almost never bites. Its price: from 5to fifteen $.

A male or a female?

If you choose to adopt 2 hamsters without delay, choose dwarves. Indeed, golden hamsters don’t go well with one another. Dwarves do, provided they need been wont to be around one another from a young age. Cohabitation is less complicated between 2 hamsters of female, but who says male and feminine within the same cage, says necessarily carried and babies! 2 males together should quickly fightthe identical goes for two females together. Dwarf hamsters like better to sleep in couples, but remember that you just may end up very quickly with pups almost every month!

If you decide on just one hamster, a male will tend to be a bit calmer than a female considered more active.

Where to adopt your hamster?

Like dogs and cats, you can find your hamster in several places, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. Some more than others.

In a private home. Most of the time, these are people who have just had a litter and wish to part with it. It can be someone close to you, a relative, a friend. Your vet may also have put you in touch with a private individual. In any case, you will have to check that your hamster has lived its first days or weeks in an acceptable living environment. The pups are weaned from 21 days; before that, it is too early, they are too fragile and do not know how to feed themselves on their own. The individual will have to show you the gestures he or she practices daily in order to continue to tame your hamster.
At a breeder’s. The same investigation must take place as if you were taking your hamster to a private individual. Professional breeders are generally serious people. There are, as in any profession, charlatans. So go on-site to see for yourself the living conditions of your future hamster before any purchase.
An association like the SPA. You will have to provide some supporting documents such as your identity, proof of residence. On the other hand, contrary to the adoption of a dog, a cat,or a pony, no financial participation will be asked of you. You will be free to give what you wish.
A pet shop. This is the most frequently chosen solution and yet it is not necessarily the best one. It is important to choose your pet shop carefully: cleanliness, animals in a good state of health (shiny coat, no wounds, clean eyes…) and staff who are attentive to your needs. If it lives in a pet shop, your future hamster has the best chance of being raised in satisfactory conditions (overcrowding, stress, fights…). Your future female hamster could have a surprise litter, their taming is also more difficult, because these hamsters have never been handled.