Syrian hamsters are rodents and the unique distinction of this species is ‘Golden’ and they are found in countless homes across the world kept as pets and they make great pets for both children and adults. Regrettably, this species of hamster has also had a great many other names bestowed upon him such as Fancy, Black Bear, Teddy Bear and so on and this has deceived many people into thinking they have a species of hamster other than the Syrian. Their distinctive qualities are just changes of colour that have been fashioned by breeders over several years and that includes the length of hair and even lack of hair and even those Syrian hamsters that vary in size, it all comes down to good/bad and specialised breeding.
Adult Syrian hamsters are by nature friendless rodents and would live in the wild as individuals and this is how they should live as a pet – they are solitary creatures by nature. The only time two adult Syrian hamsters should be brought together is when you have decided to breed them – a female needs to be in heat and a male and female should not meet until this is so, a female can seriously injure a male hamster, so cautious control of this type of situation is very important.
Housing adult Syrian hamsters together is quite out of the question; it’s not natural. It can be very traumatic and can result in relentless and constant social stress to one or more hamsters and even though everything seems all happy and nice, things can change very quickly and serious injury can occur to one or more hamsters, even death. It’s not unkind for your Syrian hamster to live on its own; this is preferred.
Do bear in mind; those sold in pet stores are essentially youngsters. Your adult hamsters may live happily at the moment, this does not guarantee that in five months time they won’t turn on each other and it will happen, these actions are probably defensive impulses, but serious injury will occur and even death.