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The Top Hamster Breeds For Your Kids
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Many people are surprised to learn that there are actually quite a few breeds of hamster, and each one is different in its own way. Since hamsters originate from all over the world, it makes sense that over time the different breeds would become mixed and create entirely new ones, and many of those are what we are most likely to find at the local pet shop.

The biggest question then is: which breed is right for me and my kids? This isn’t the easiest question to answer, and requires a little backstory on the breeds themselves. It may not seem important, but the right breed can have a profound effect on the experience that your children have with the hamster they get. Different breeds have different temperaments, and it can often depend on the age of your children, and how gentle they are. Just like an online casino New Zealand has to offer is better suited to adults, some hamsters may not be suited to younger kids. You obviously want to find a pet that doesn’t bite, and while this can rely solely on how grumpy your individual hamster is, you can still gleam a good idea of what to expect by the breed that you choose.

With that in mind, these are the four most popular hamster breeds for kids.

Syrian Hamster

by far the most common of the captive hamsters, which also tend to be the most popular choice as a pet, the Syrian Hamster, also known as the golden or standard hamster, hail from mid to eastern Europe and are, for the most part, solitary creatures. This means that they don’t need a mate to be happy, and the interaction they receive from you and your children will be enough to keep the hamster happy. They are smaller than other breeds, and due to their low maintenance, they’re a great pick all around.

Roborovski Hamsters

They’re the newest of the hamster breeds to have become domesticated, and for the most part, they’re not quite as popular as other breeds for use as pets. This is because they don’t really enjoy being handled, and will attempt to bite and flee if picked up. Despite their temperament, they are fascinating creatures to watch, and are perfect for the kid that wants something to watch than to play with. They also tend to do better in a group than on their own.

Chinese Hamsters

These are a lot rarer to find as pets, mainly due to how difficult they are to breed. They’re much more closely-related to mice in terms of looks, and tend to be on the timid side. They scuttle around quickly, and it can be hard to keep up with them, so don’t take them outdoors unless they have a restricted area to run around in. They prefer larger cages, and while they they don’t do so well in groups, they are well-natured, especially toward humans.

Dwarf Hamsters

This breed of hamsters is best suited for older children and young teenagers because they can be a bit moody sometimes, and tend to nip if they’re handled too much. Despite that, they’re endlessly fun to watch, and should always be kept in twos. They’re most active in the evenings, making the perfect pets for students who are busy during the day.

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