Are there different types of hamsters?

There are several varieties of hamsters although the most common is the Syrian, golden or Teddy Bear hamster. Despite their golden color, the Syrian hamsters can come in a variety of color combinations. These particular hamsters should be kept separate from others as they do tend to fight if you choose to get a pair. 

Another variety is less common but much more sociable and is known as the Russian or Chinese dwarf hamsters. These little dwarf hamsters are very similar and are usually brown in color with a black striping on the back. Many say they resemble tailless field mice. These hamsters can actually be found in other color combinations, are pretty friendly and do well in pairs, considering they are both the same sex. 


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