Which Hamster Breed is Right for You?

Are you considering getting a pet hamster? Hamsters are very cute and fun pets. There are several types of hamsters to choose from when picking out your new furry pal. In this article by your local Troy veterinarian, you’ll learn about the different kinds of hamster breeds.


The Syrian Hamster is currently the most popular type of pet hamster. This little cutie, sometimes known as the Teddy Bear Hamster, is very docile and easy to handle. It’s no surprise that the Syrian hamster is often chosen as a child’s first pet. These adorable little guys come in many different colors, all of which are super cute. On average, these little furballs live to be about two or three years old. While they are quite friendly to people, the Syrian Hamster does not play well with other hamsters. These furballs must live alone, as they have a tendency to fight and even kill other hamsters.

Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamsters

Unlike the Syrian Hamster, the Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamster gets along well with others of its own kind. You can keep these little furballs in same-sex pairs, though they should be introduced at a young age. Dwarf hamsters are easily scared, and may bite if they feel threatened. They aren’t quite as docile as Syrian hamsters, though they still make great pets.

Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters

These nocturnal cuties are very sweet and docile and rarely bite. The Roborovski hamster is typically a sandy brown color. These teeny tiny furballs rarely grow longer than two inches. Because their small size makes being dropped very dangerous for them, they should only be handled rarely, and with extreme care. They can be housed in same-sex pairs or groups. Roborovski hamsters usually live to be about three to four years old.


Chinese hamsters are sometimes also known as Striped hamsters or Chinese Striped hamsters. These little guys look a bit like rats, with a body that is long and narrow. The Chinese hamster has two color variations: white with spots, and dark brown with black and white accents. These furballs also make very cute and fun little pets!

Please contact us, your local Troy vet, for all of your pet care needs, and for any questions you may have regarding the care, health, or behavior of your little pet.

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