A golden or Syrian hamster
So you want to get a pet hamster. The most common species of pet hamster is the familiar golden hamster, also known as the Syrian hamster. They come in lots more colors than golden and three hair lengths - short, long and bald.
But your decisions do not stop at colors and hair length. Should you get a male or female hamster? You can only get one hamster per cage, because golden hamsters do not play well with other hamsters and will fight. Keep one hammie to a cage, please.
Problems with Females
Females are larger than males, which makes them easier for adults or older children to hold. Females are just as intelligent, colorful and friendly as males, notes Training Your Pet Hamster (Barron's; 2002). But females have a big problem - they can get pregnant. If you get your female hamster from a pet shop, the odds are very high that she will be pregnant.
It is very difficult to tell the difference between male and female baby hamsters when they are weaned, so males andRead More »from Should You Get a Male or a Female Hamster?