Syrian Hamsters: Facts and Realities

Hamsters are so freaking cute! You all have surely seen them, either on pictures or in real life.

So, you must definitely agree with me that they are extremely adorable and fluffy.

Hence people, especially kids love to have them as pets. But as we all know, good things come with a price.

The same goes for these so-called “Golden or Teddy Bear Hamster.” They might be cute, but you need to handle them wisely.

Now, in this post, we’re going to discuss the family background of hamsters, their variations, and lots of other relevant topics.

So, hang on, and by the end of this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the Syrian hamsters.

Let’s dive in.

What Are Syrian Hamsters?

The Syrian Hamster, also known as the Golden Hamster, belongs to the rodent species. They are actually originated from areas of Syria and Turkey as their name suggests. But these days they have been found loitering around the Middle East as well.

Descriptive Looks of the Golden Hamsters

These tiny tots are small enough to fit in our hands. In fact, they fit in our palms, and the adult ones are the size of 5-7 inches at most. 

Though they are just so tiny, their bodies have a bit of stoutness and rounded vibes. And the cuteness that impresses us the most is the fur!

The tail is almost invisible unless you look very clearly due to the whole body being covered with unlimited fluffy fur. Furthermore, their ears are like petal-shaped. 

Now…just like we humans have readable and expressible eyes that you can look into and find all the answers in the world, the hamsters are of no less. Their eyes are large and round yet gives a serenely vibes.

And last but not the least, the most noticeable characteristic that actually leaves a mark on pet owners is that they have two charming cheeks that look like pouches for storing their food.

So, you must have guessed all this while as to why they are named “Golden.” Yes, my friends, you got it absolutely right! They are golden brown hence the famous label.

In this day and age, there are no more only the Syrian Golden hamsters, but there are varieties of other colors and breeds as well. Let us have a look at the classifications.

Syrian Hamster Colors

Here we’ll talk about the variations of the Syrian hamster.

Natural Hamster Mutation

Naturally produced hamsters are called natural hamster. There are various variations of them. 

Golden Wild Type

The first one to start off with is definitely the golden one. They make scarce appearances nowadays.

1. Black Hamster

Well, although black is cool and all that, but it reminds us of a big, fat scary rat. These have a coal-black fur with some white spots on their paws, including their tummies.

2. Cream Hamster

There are shades of cream, ranging from the color of sand to peach. Eyes are the important features for cream rodents being black, ruby or red.

3. Cinnamon Hamster

It is a quite frequent type, so people tend to mistake it with the golden, yellow or peach one.

White- Surely the white ones remind us of a bunny rabbit! These exist as dark colored, with brawny ears and pitch-black eyes.

4. Rust Hamster

It is a somewhat rare breed. Although they are also confused as the golden ones, the solution to clear the confusion is the look at their cheek pouches which have a different color than the other types.

5. Dark, Light and Grey Hamster

Recessive, rare, and highly dominant respectively.

6. Yellow

The last one in the natural mutation, but they are really beautiful.

7. Combination Mutations

Hamsters that are procreated by mixing up genes are called combination mutations. Now, the color combinations here are a bit complicated and unique than the previous one.

We have Beige, Ivory, Lilac, Honey, Sable, Blonde, Copper, Blue Mink and finally Mink.

I hope the above classifications will help you people, to select your choice of hamsters. But to make it all easier for you all, let’s have a look at other features of these teddy bear hamsters.

Syrian Hamster Facts

Here we’ll talk about some of the facts of the Syrian hamster.

Lifespan – How Long A Teddy Bear Hamster Lives? 

Even though I don’t want to disappoint you guys, we still have to abide by the laws of nature. Unfortunately, unlike other animals or even us-human beings- these creatures have a very short time in the world.

They live up to 2-3 years maximum. Got to miss these babies a lot if we have a pet and it leaves us after this time length.

But if you can provide them with proper nutrition, care, exercise, housing and tend to them during their sickness and fully devote your time to be an ideal pet owner, then bingo!

You are going to be ecstatic and loved by the teddy bear hamsters.

However, for the creatures to be fit and healthy and love able, you need to tend to some caring. Let’s have a review on that.

Basic Caring of Hamsters

You don’t have to fret much or overstress yourself on this topic. It’s an easy process. I mean look at them- so cute and easy to handle. We can carry them anywhere without any hassle. They are like toddler babies; give them time and toys to play with, let them sleep a lot, provide them, with their food all the time and so on.

Just like an infant, don’t disturb them in their sleep or startle them so they won’t be pissed off at you. And so, both the parent and the child- I mean the teddy bear hamster and the owner- will be jolly and in a good mood.

To add to your serenity, these kids are not at all dirty! You don’t have to worry about cleaning up their cages all the time or them faceting their business.

Such understanding, mature cubs indeed!

As the saying goes; to keep anybody happy always go for their satisfied tummy, you have to feed them well.

Food: What Do the Hamsters Eat?

Just like humans tend to be on a well-balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, the little tots are no different. Their favorites include pears, apples, broccoli, cabbage, and carrots.

Provided that, as we humans have constipation and food poisoning, they suffer the same consequences if they are not given proper nutrition.  Too much food also ruins their appetite.

Now, last but not least, the final resort to treat them well is to provide them with good housing, that is, a well-built cage.

Make the Hamsters Feel at Home

Who doesn’t like luxurious and spacious beddings? We all do. So why shouldn’t these teddy bear hamsters get one?

They should have bigger cages, big and comfortable enough to move around. The environment around them should be lively and positive.


Remember, a good home, a balanced diet, proper nourishment, and caring are enough to satisfy a Syrian hamster. And that makes you an ideal pet owner.

So, I hope that is all. Hopefully, it will be much easier to tame a hamster from now on. And if you take proper care of them, they will fill your life with happiness.

If there is any query or suggestions, please feel free to ask me in the comments section. We value your opinion highly and would be grateful to know about it.

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