The hamsters are one of the most popular small pets worldwide. They are tender, cute, affectionate, funny and do not give much homework , so if you are looking for a pet that is easy to care for but that makes you have a good time, the hamster is ideal for you. But how do you know which one is the best for you? There are many different hamster breeds! We give you a review of the best known. Keep reading!
The most popular hamster breeds
What are the most distinctive characteristics of the main hamster breeds? Let’s see it!
Russian dwarf hamster
This is one of the world’s best known hamster breeds. The Russian hamster weighs between 40 and 50 grams and has a life expectancy of around two and a half years.
They reach their sexual maturity at 20 days of life and thereafter they can have between 4 and 6 litters a year, of which up to 9 offspring can be born each time.
A peculiarity of this hamster is that its coat color is seasonal. It changes color in winter due to the reduction of daylight hours.
They tend to weigh between 80 and 150 grams when they reach adulthood , although at birth they weigh only one or two. The females are usually larger than the males.
They reach their sexual maturity throughout the second month of life and can have between 5 and 9 litters per year , whose gestation lasts 15 days. Their life expectancy can reach three years.
The Roborovski hamster breed has a very particular facial expression, with prominent round black eyes. They usually weigh between 35 and 40 grams and reach sexual maturity quite early, in the first 3 weeks of life; They have up to 6 litters a year of between two and seven young each.
They can live for about 4 years.
This breed of hamster is characterized by having a scent gland in the belly , although it is only visible in males. They are very energetic, vital and playful.
Quite the opposite of the previous one, the harlequin is one of the most passive and lazy hamster breeds , in fact, it is quite chubby.
This hamster is very common in appearance, it is a fairly standard breed in terms of characteristics, except for its fur, dense and strong to withstand the lowest temperatures.
China dwarf hamster
This breed of hamster has physical characteristics closer to those of mice , it is more elongated and thin than hamsters usually are. They can live for about two and a half years and usually have between 4 and 5 litters a year of up to 12 young each. They are fertile when they are approximately one month old.
They do not weigh more than 50 grams.
This breed of hamster is nothing more than a normal hamster, but with albino characteristics , that is, completely white hair and red eyes.
This curious hamster is characterized by having two-color black and white fur, just as if it were a panda. They are really athletic and love to spend hours playing, running around, and hanging around everywhere. Do not stop!
Which of all these hamster breeds would you like to have?