Hamsters of any breed make fantastic pets, whether you have a Syrian or a Dwarf hamster breed. They are great pets for all ages and are a whole lot of fun. They can help teach children responsibility and are also ideal for those who live in flats or apartments where space may be more restricted.
However, two important questions remain: which hamsters can live together, and which hamsters are likely to fight?
Which hamsters make the best pairings?
Syrian hamsters must always be kept alone as they are solitary animals, but if you choose a different breed of hamster that prefers a cage-mate, it is important to consider which pairings are best. Did you know that hamsters can reach sexual maturity as young as four weeks old? To avoid unwanted litters, stick to same-sex pairings. Ideally, pairings and groups should come from the same litter as they are more likely to get on. Squabbles and fights can be common however – particularly in males – so careful monitoring is needed in case they have to be separated.
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Like the two Russian Dwarf hamsters these can also live in pairs or small groups but as with other dwarf hamsters, it is best to keep an eye out for any squabbles and separate them if needed. Growing to 9cm they are slightly longer and thinner than the two Russian hamsters. As well as their longer bodies they also have longer tails than other hamster breeds which are also prehensile. This allows the hamster to cling to objects! Their coats come in two or three colour variations.
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Also known as the ‘Robo’, the Roborovski’s hamster is the smallest member of the hamster family. As a fully mature adult they rarely exceed 7cm in length from the tip of the nose to their almost non-existent tail! Their care and maintenance is much the same as Russian hamsters. They are sociable and happily live in groups or pairs but be aware of any signs of aggressive behaviour. This breed of hamster very rarely bites, but can be difficult to handle due their extremely active temperaments. These tiny pets only have 1 coat colour variation.
One thing is for sure – owning hamsters can be an absolute delight. Their friendly faces and playful natures make them enchanting furry companions. With prior considerations into breed and pairings, you can make sure your home will be a harmonious one for both human and hamster!