Meet the Teddy Bear Hamster!

Also Known As the Syrian Hamster

Meet the Teddy Bear Hamster, AKA Syrian Hamster. Teddy Bears are the first hamsters to hit the pet market. After their wide success, the dwarf hamsters were introduced.


Syrian hamsters are larger than the dwarf hamsters. The have the most comprehensive coat variations. They are calm and easy to handle. But they also like their own space and time alone from both humans and other hamsters. If you want more than one hamster, you really need to consider getting a cage for each Syrian hamster.

Health. Teddy Bears usually live around 3 years. They are prone to getting both diabetes and cancer.

Breeding. They are active around 7PM. They will breed 3 to 4 times a year and usually produce large litters. If you're planning to breed and hoping to get the largest litter, Syrians may have a dozen pups a litter.

A Syrian "Teddy Bear" Hamstergolden teddy bear hamster with white band

Social. They are solitary hamsters unlike most of the other hamsters and are highly territorial. Keeping them with other hamsters will cause them to stress out and weaken their immune system. They should be kept alone or provided with a huge cage. They can be tamed with practice to be friendly to humans.

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Syrian Hamsters have the most different hair colors, patterns, and textures. If you are looking for a rare or special coat type, the Syrians may be a great pet to start with!

Exotic Hamster Coats: Golden / Panda Bear / Black Bear / Dalmatian / Long Haired / Hairless
Related Galleries: Golden / Panda Bear / Black Bear / Dalmatian / Long Haired / Hairless


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Teddies are one of the most popular pet hamsters. What are your experiences with a Teddy Hamster? Would you recommend other people to get this species?

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