syrian hamster

Syrian Hamster

Dear Hamster Lover,

If your dream is to own a small pet, did you know that one of the better choices you can make is to pick a hamster? Syrian Hamsters are also called ‘teddy bear hamsters” or ‘golden hamsters’.

They really are cute loveable creatures with their little noses always twitching and fun to watch as they scurry around. Hamsters are pleasant to have as a pet and can be a joy to take everywhere with you.

Being a hamster owner is a unique experience and while hamsters are often seen as pets in a cage, they are very adaptable.

Hamsters can be housetrained.

Many hamster pet owners simply enjoy playing and cuddling with them and can adapt to traveling so you can take them with you.

If you are thinking of buying a hamster as a pet…

You need to know all about hamsters in regards to care, feeding, diet, cages, behaviors, breeding, pregnancy and life span. When you have a hamster as a pet you will find they bond very well with their owners and having your own hamster is a joy!

You can find Syrian hamsters called names such as black bear, teddy bear, or panda bear. It’s important to remember that these are just names given to Syrian hamsters based on their looks, and they are not a different species.

So what exactly is a hamster?

Syrian hamsters belong to the Mesocricetus auratus species, they are members of subfamily Cricetinae.

So how did the little creature become so popular and widespread?

In 1930, Israel Aharoni, a Hebrew zoologist, went on an expedition to the Aleppo region. At the request of Saul Alder, a colleague, and parasitologist who used hamsters for research, he looked for and found, with the help of others, a nest with a female and eleven pups. Then he breeds together two of these hamsters and within a year, there were over 150 hamsters!

in 1931, the Syrian hamster made it to England. The story is that Alder sneaked the hamsters into England in his coat pockets! In time the furry little hamsters made their way into the hearts and homes of the people, and the rest is, as they say, history.

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