Know the Hamster Species - 5 Most Common Types of Hamster Species

Types of Hamsters

Although the term “hamster” refers to about 24 species of small rodents, but there are only about five found in the pet market which including the Syrian or Golden Hamster, three species of dwarf hamsters (Campbell’s Russian Hamster, Winter White Hamster, Roborovski Hamster) and the Chinese Hamster.

Below is the introduction of the 5 most common types hamster species:


Syrians are large hamsters and can grow to 6-7 inches long.  They are usually golden brown with a white belly, but are available in a wide variety of colors and types of hair. The long-haired is often called the Teddy Bear hamster.  They live about 2 – 4 years, often prefer to live alone, and tend to make very good pets. This is the most common type of pet hamster. 


Campbell’s, the dwarf hamsters, have a length of 3 – 5 inches. These small rodents are usually gray with a white belly. They live about 1 1/2 – 2  years and can do well living together, but also do fine living alone. Due to their small size, they are a little more difficult than other hamsters.


Winter White
Winter White’s, also called Siberian, is another dwarf that can grow to be 4 inches long. They have a dark stripe down the back and a gray-brown color, but in the winter the gray-brown is replaced with a white coat. Life span is about 1 1/2 – 2 years and can sometimes live together.


Roborovski’s, another small hamster, grow to be up to 4 inches long. This type of hamster is a brown color and are very quick and curious. Life span is ,on average, 3 – 3 1/2 years and could live in pairs or family groups, but is not necessary. Due to their small size and swiftness, they take a little more work than others, but are still fun companions. 

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The Chinese have a length of 4-5 inches and are also known as striped, gray, or rat-tailed hamsters. They are dark gray with a dark stripe down the back and have a longer tail than other hamsters.  They can live 2 1/2 – 3 years and can happily live alone. This cute rodent can be quite gentle and can make a terrific pet.

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