Types of Hamster Breed Names

There are two main types of hamster breeds, Syrian and dwarf.
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Before you go out a buy a pet hamster, you should know that there are several different breeds of hamster and each breed has a slightly different disposition and care needs. The first step of learning how to take care of a hamster is knowing what type of hamster you have. There are two general types of hamster breeds that make for suitable pets. The Syrian hamster and several dwarf breeds.

Syrian Hamster Breed

Syrian Hamster Breed

The Syrian hamster is the largest of the pet hamster breeds. They can grow up to 7 inches (18cm) and weight up to 6.5 ounces (180g). These types come in many different colors, fur coats and hair lenghts; several of which have nicknames for these variations. These of course include:

  • Golden Hamster
  • Teddy Bear Hamster
  • Black Bear Hamster
  • Panda Bear Hamster

Since the Syrian is the largest breed of hamster, it’s also the easiest to handle and best for beginners. The Syrian is a solitary animal and while you might see them kept together in the same cage at the pet store, when they get older they will begin to fight it’s cage mates as it tries to stake out it’s own personal cage space. Read more….

Dwarf Hamster Breed

A dwarf hamster is well, a dwarf sized hamster. The various breeds range in in size from 3.5-4 inches (9-10cm) long with a weight of .75-1.75 ounces (25-50g). These hamster types include:

  • Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster
  • Winter White Hamster
  • Chinese Dwarf Hamster
  • Robo Hamster
  • Djungarian Dwarf Hamster

The Campbell’s and Winter White types are the easiest to handle of all the dwarf hamsters and probably make for the best pets for beginners. These breeds are friendly and have a temperament that closely resembles that of the Syrian. The Robos (Roborovski) and Chinese dwarfs are fast, squirmy, not as easy to handle and thus harder to tame. However they are very entertaining to observe. Read more…

Reviewed By: Tim Winter

Tim Winter has a strong affection for pets and wildlife. His years of experience caring for various types of pets has led him to share his knowledge with others on the best practices in pet care. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications.

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