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Post by Oakley on Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:36 pm

The most common hamster (the golden or Syrian hamster) has a lifespan of 2-3 years and are rather small being 6 inches in length with a very short tail. Hamsters are NOT social and should be kept solitary in cages at least 12"x18"x12"H. The larger the better with their cage size of course. Wheels, chew sticks, and other toys should be provided and they can also eat a commercial hamster feed. A substrate such as shavings, shredded paper, or other commercial bedding should be used in their cage.

Hamsters are not known for being intelligent, but can become tame if they are handled often. If left alone, they will become aggressive and can pack a mean bite.

There are many species of dwarf hamsters also available, some are considered to be more social and can live in small groups, however these hamsters are generally less tame and do not make as great of pets for children as the larger hamsters do. The "Teddy Bear Hamster" so called for it's sweet disposition and short, fluffy coat of dark brown or black was bread specifically for those traits from Syrian hamsters. These hamsters are arguably the best choice for children due to their good temperament.

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