Read About Hamster Breeders

Hamster Breeders are the people who will help you in selecting a healthy hamster to keep as pet. They are the sure sources of getting well quality hamsters. Here's everything you need to know about these breeders.

Hamster Breeders -- Breeder Facts

  1. Professional Affiliations:

    Hamster breeders must be affiliated in one of the these associations, Internet Hamster Association of North America, California Hamster Association and the Hamster Society UK.
  2. Why Use a Breeder:

    The hamsters brought from the breeders are generally of good quality and healthy. They are little more costly but worth paying the extra amount.
  3. How to Find:

    Hamster breeders can be easily found out through net surfing. Local newspapers and pet magazines will be helpful in finding the breeders. You can ask your vet also, they might sometimes guide you about the breeders in their contact.
  4. What to Expect:

    The breeder will ask you to fill a form, for their records. The form will have general questions about you, your family, other pets in case you have and your financial condition, etc.
  5. Breeder's Surroundings:

    The breeder should keep all the hamsters in separate cages. The cage must be clean and surrounding should be pleasant.

Hamster Breeders -- Newborn Facts

  1. Average Number of Newborns Delivered at Birth:

    Hamsters can give birth to twenty babies in one birth. The average litter size is seven babies.
  2. Age To Be Sold:

    Hamsters live only for 2 to 3 years. They can be sold when they are very young like 2 weeks old.
  3. What to Look For in a Newborn:

    Many times if the breeder is not a frequent breeder, then some defects can be seen in newborns. You must not buy such hamsters which are bred from two different sub species of hamsters.
  4. Registry:

    Hamster breeders must register the hamsters in any of the associations mentioned above.
  5. AKC Recognized Characteristics:

    Hamsters are not recognized by AKC.
  6. Expense to Purchase Newborn:

    The newborn of hamster will cost you between $10 to $20.
  7. Dam and Sire Information of your Newborn:

    The breeder should give you the parental information of the hamster. You must check that the breeder has not bred two different sub species of hamster, as it might result in defective babies.

Hamster Breeders -- Breeder Concerns

  1. Breeder Reputation:

    The hamster breeder must be registered with one of the associations mentioned above. Their reputation can also be found out from the list of their earlier clients. You can meet them and ask them about the breeder.
  2. Pet Health:

    Hamsters are very tiny creatures and they live a short life. Be sure to buy a healthy hamster, as pet. The breeder will give you all the medical records of the hamster you are purchasing. You can also check hamster by your vet.
  3. Assurances:

    Hamster breeder must give some guarantee period to you on purchase. He or she should assure you about the health of the hamster. He or she must take the hamster back if any problems are noticed after the purchase.