Syrian HamsterThis type of hamster is probably the most popular. I remember that most of my hamsters as a child were Syrian hamsters. They are also known as "golden" hamsters or "teddy bear" hamsters. We used to call them teddy bear hamsters. They can grow to be pretty large, for a hamster anyways. They come in a wide variety of color variations like cream, black white, and gray to name a few. The Syrian hamster is very docile and friendly, which is one of the reasons why it's so popular as a pet. They are very territorial though and should not be housed with other hamsters as they will fight with each other and possibly kill one another.
|Lily and "Hammy", a Syrian Hamster|
Campbell's Dwarf HamsterThe Campbell's dwarf hamster or "Russian dwarf" hamster is another popular type of hamster. They are very small in size, hence the name "dwarf". These hamsters can be kept together. Of course, you should only keep hamsters of the same sex together to prevent any mating between hamsters. Campbell's dwarf hamsters come in several different colors, coat types, and markings. They have a characteristic dark colored stripe that runs down their back. These dwarf hamsters will nip if they feel threatened and are also very fast. Their speed make them more difficult to handle for children.
Roborovski HamsterRoborovski hamsters are extremely small and fast. In fact, they are the smallest type of all hamsters growing to be only about 2-3 inches long. They are social and can be housed in pairs. Roborovski hamsters can be difficult to tame. They are probably not the best choice of hamster if you are looking for one that you can hold and pet - although, they don't usually bite. This type of hamster can be very skittish. They are also commonly known as "Robos".
Winter White HamsterFirst of all, I just have to say that I love their name! This hamster got its name because its coat turns white in the winter. Winter white hamsters are a dwarf species of hamster that are commonly confused with the Campbell's dwarf hamster. It may actually be hard to find a true winter white hamster, especially if you live in the United States. Lately, there have been hybrids of the two showing up. They can be kept in pairs, but it is possible that they will fight with each other so you should be prepared to house them separately if you decide to get two. You're probably better off just getting one. They are very friendly hamsters and generally make good pets. Their speed may make it more difficult for children to handle them though.