For Your New Pet Hamster
Considering A Hamster As A Pet
The hamster kept as pet most often is the Golden Hamster,
also called Syrian Hamster. So-called Teddybear or Black
Bear hamsters are also breeds of golden hamsters.
But also four species of smaller hamsters are popular pets,
often called dwarf hamsters. These are Roborovski hamster,
(Phodopus roborovskii) often called Roborovski, the chinese
striped hamster (Cricetulus griseus) and the two subspecies
of Phodopus sungorus, the winter white russian dwarf
hamster (Phodopus sungorus sungorus) and Campbell's
dwarf hamster (Phodopus sungorus campellii).
The care of the dwarf hamsters is similar to that of the
golden hamster, but there are differences in feeding and
housing needs and temperament. Winter whites and
Campell's are fairly popular, in the US the campells more so
than the whinter whites, while it's other way round in Europe.