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The Syrian, (or Golden), Hamster, (Mesocricetus auratus)

Shorthaired Golden

This is animal that most people think of when they hear the word "hamster".  The species originates in the Middle East, especially Israel and Syria.  All Syrian hamsters in captivity are descended from a mother and her twelve pups who were dug out of a burrow near Aleppo, Syria, in 1930.   Adults are fiercely territorial and will attack any other hamster they meet.     Fully grown Syrian hamsters are about 13cm in length, with females being slightly larger than males.  The natural colour is golden brown with pale greyish white belly.  Black cheek flashes mark the jaw line and a broad, dark band runs across the chest.  In captivity over forty different colours have been developed, together with variations in coat type such as longhair, satinised and rex, (curly or wavy).

Well handled Syrian hamsters make excellent pets. Since they are bigger than the other species, they can cope with more handling before they get tired.  They also seem more responsive to what is going on around them.  Many exhibitors feel that females have more "get  up and go" in their characters than males, (who tend to be more laid back).  On average, however, females do not live as long as males.

 

Articles on Syrian Hamsters
Syrian Exhibition Standards
Breeding Information on how to produce Colour Combinations
Breeding Syrian Hamsters
Syrian Hamster Genetics
Cinnamon (pp)
Mosaic

 

Colours Agouti Varieties
Beige

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Blonde

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Cinnamon

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Dark Golden

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Dark Grey

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Light Grey

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Silver Grey

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Honey

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Lilac

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Rust (Guinea Gold)

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Smoke Pearl

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Yellow

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Colours Self Varieties  

Black

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Chocolate

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Copper

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Black Eyed Cream

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Red-Eyed Cream

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Ruby-Eyed Cream

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Black-Eyed Ivory

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Red-Eyed Ivory

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Sable

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Black-Eyed White

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Dark Eared White (Albino)

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Flesh Eared White (Albino)

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Coat Types  

Short Haired

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Long Haired

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Rex Coated

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Satin Coated

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Coat Patterns                

Banded

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Dominant Spot (Piebald)

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Tortoishell and White

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Tortoishell

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Roan

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