Different types of hamsters and How to choose yours

The choice of hamster will of course have to be made “at the crush”, but before that, it will have to determine the species that suits you best. Indeed, in addition to the physical, the five species of hamsters have radically different behaviors! Here are some tips to help you choose wisely?

Male or female Hamster?


Generally, the male is calmer than the female, but he gets up much later. The female is curious, exploratory and active. The male is more fatherly, slower in his movements, and often a little more Hug. These are of course only generalities; each animal has its own character. If the animal is for a
child, choose a male instead, which will be easier to handle and tame.


Which species to choose?

Depending on the species, the general character of the hamster varies greatly. What are you looking for?


A very active hamster, acrobat, in a very large landscaped habitat but that you don’t have to too much handles? Choose the Roborovski.


A cool and quiet hamster that stays in your hands for hugs, with a bear face? Choose a Russian one.


A hamster with his character, which cuddles and then runs along your arm to explore your neck, to running down the other side? Choose a Campbell (dwarf), Chinese (medium) or Syrian one (tall).


Each animal has a personal character; this is only helping you to choice. Ideally, try to discover each species before making your choice.


Which colors choose?


Hairs and colors have no influence on the character. So choose the most beautiful one for you. One or More? The hamster is a fundamentally solitary being. You can’t make a bad choice by deciding to adopt only one. It is territorial and protective.


Some species are called gregarious, but be careful, it is not the same type of community as rats or mice for example. It’s always a little “every one for himself” even within a group. And the fights can quickly explode and very quickly become dangerous. In this article, I introduce to you different types
of hamsters to better choose yours.


Syrian Hamsters


In nature, they live alone and only meet each other for fights of territory or for to have sex. Whether it’s male and male, male and female or female and female, it’s degenerating very quickly, and fights are often to the death (territorial defense).

Syrian Hamster

The animals that grew up together sometimes have a higher tolerance, they can accept themselves for longer, but one day it will be the drama. In any case, no Syrian hamster enjoys the company. You can always impose it to him, but it will be your choice not theirs.


Russian Hamster

Russian Hamster


The Russian hamster is said to be gregarious, yet its territory must be vast to support its conveners. There if you really want to adopt several of them (as I remind you, it is better to adopt only one) it will be necessary to supervise very carefully. The groups formed, in large spaces, have more chance to survive.


Campbell’s Hamster

Campbell’s Hamster


It is probably the most gregarious of all. It is better to refer to the breeder to know a little about how to proceed for integration, and the best thing is that the breeder himself trains you a group of young animals. In all cases, surveillance is required because some animals do not tolerate at all to have a restricted territory. A Campbell can perfectly live alone, he will be just “happy”.


Chinese Hamster

Chinese Hamster

Rather solitary, some breeders are beginning to make them live as unisex couples but it is better not to take only one.

Roborovski’s Hamster

Roborovski’s Hamster


The Roborovski can also be very territorial. It is better to take only one, especially since it will be closer to you. You can try the experiment for several, by stay watching a lot.


What you need to know before adopting a hamster


With their hair, wounds are sometimes noticed only when it is too late. Fights are sometimes so fast and the time you realize it and take action, it will already be too late too.

Young animals are obviously still in groups, but with the rise of hormones comes the first. However, you must be able to distinguish between animals “screaming” at each other to share a seed, a square, and animals screaming because they are fighting. The difference is not as obvious as we can think.

If you don’t think you can do it, don’t try to take a group. Dwarf hamsters, especially Campbell’s, can kill each other without a sound. The dominant attacks directly at the head of the dominated and nothing alerts you in this case. In any case, do not forget that hamsters live at night, and therefore will fight in the middle of the night, when you sleep.

During the day, usually, the survival instinct takes over, the animals sleep together to preserve heat and do not attract predators, but that won’t stop them to kill each other afterwards. Don’t make the mistake of comparing their reactions with ours.

Check these before adopting the lucky hamster


Be sure to make your choice preferably afternoon late (or early evening) because the hamsters will then be well awake.


Check that his coat is not dull or stuck. When he is well awake, the eyes must be well opened.

The hair is dry everywhere (check the area of the anus, if it is dirty, it is sick. Diarrhea are diseases that are extremely difficult to cure). Bones should not be felt under the skin, except at the level of the spine.

The animal must not have any injuries or crusts. The belly must be well filled without being too bloated. Never take a sick animal or even the same cage as a patient. Diseases are transmitted rapidly in such animals, and are often deadly.


Take it in your hand and try to see his character. Females will be more likely to jump up than males. But after a few tries, they must remain in your hands for a few seconds at least. Also, check that they don’t bite.

Above all, don’t be influenced by the seller to take an animal you don’t want. Do not choose the smallest one, under the pretext that it is younger or cuter, but choose the bigger one. The smallest will not necessarily be younger, but just weaker. It can more easily incubate diseases that will appear one week later and in any case, its lifespan may be quite short. On the same litter, the largest animal will be the most and the one in better health.

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