What hamster to get for children

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  1. WorzelG

    WorzelG PetForums Newbie

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    Afternoon all.

    We are looking to get the children hamsters but not sure whether to go for Syrian or Dwarf. They would like their pets to be a bit socialable, but they are 9 & 4 yrs of age. At the moment we are leaning towards dwarfs but not sure these will be suitable for a 4yr old.

    Any advice on hamsters and children is much appreciated.

    WorzelG
     
  2. Sweety

    Sweety PetForums VIP

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    I would go for male Syrians, as they tend to be the most placid.

    Syrians cannot be kept together, whereas some Dwarf varieties can live in groups.

    If your children want to be able to handle their hamsters, the best way is to allow the hamster to climb onto their open hand.

    Female Syrians come into season every few days and can have a tendency to bite if touched or picked up, hence the fact that males tend to be a better choice.
     
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  3. Animallover26

    Animallover26 Human to a irresistible bundle of black fluff.

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    Syrians are better due to their bigger size and they are slower.

    Never let them handle the hamster without adult supervision though.
     
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    Out of Syrian or dwarf I'd go for a male Syrian.

    Have you considered rats from a decent breeder?

    They are very sociable & great for kids, hams are nice but being nocturnal they can be active at inconvenient times for children.
     
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  5. Lolapop87

    Lolapop87 PetForums Junior

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    I would go for a syrain as they are bigger than a dwarf and easier to handle For children
     
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  6. WorzelG

    WorzelG PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks all. Syrians it is. I just need to convince the little lady she needs a name in her life o_O
     
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    simplysardonic Commander of a tiny, furry army
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    Best thin you can do IMO to ensure your gammy stays happy and friendly is to get as big a cage as possible- Alaska and hamster heaven are popular ones; they allow for a 12inch wheel for the hammy to break into a comfortable stride when running too, so they won't become frustrated from boredom
     
  9. Blaise in Surrey

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    Rats are the best small pets for children - ask any vet :)
     
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