There are many different types of hamsters in the world (this may come as a shock to you if you’re new to the land of hammies!) and it’s important to know which one is right for you.

First of all, you need to decide whether you want a Syrian hamster or a Dwarf hamster. A Syrian is your common hamster, fairly big, about the size of a large apple and very fluffy! A Dwarf, though, is half the size of a Syrian and usually has short hair. They are quick and speedy little guys and do not inhabit the leisurely pace of life that the Syrian is usually associated with. Hopefully, these pages on breeds will help you decide which type of hammy is right for you. Before you invest though, you should make sure you know the basic facts about hamsters and what taking care of a hamster means. For info on this, visit my “Buying a Hamster” and “hamster care” pages.

Once you’ve got the idea about what owning a hamster entails, you can begin the fun bit – getting a hamster! So go ahead, take a look at the different breeds, and then you can make the important decision for yourself.