There are numerous hamster breeds beyond the most common types like Syrian and Dwarf hamsters. Here are a few unique varieties:
- Campbell’s Dwarf – One of the more widespread dwarf breeds. Grow up to 4 inches long with brown and grey fur. Tend to be skittish when handled.
- Hybrid Breeds – Some newer breeds are hybrids of natural hamster species, like the Desert White, a cross between Campbell’s and Winter White dwarfs.
- Black Bear Hamsters – A color variation of Syrian hamsters, featuring sleek, jet black fur. Require the same care as other Syrians.
- European Hamsters – Much larger than pet Syrians, these hamsters grow up to 13 inches long. They are not commonly kept as pets.
- Romanian Hamsters – Named for their origins in Romania. Grow up to 6 inches long. Not easily found as pets but have calm, friendly temperaments.
- Turkish Hamsters – Indigenous to Turkey. Similar to Syrians in size and care but with slightly longer fur and range of coat colors.
- Golden Hamsters – The common cream/brown Syrian hamsters found in pet stores. Occasionally there are cinnamon, grey, or white color variations.
There are many unique hamster breeds beyond the most popular types like Winter Whites or Roborovskis.