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I thought everyone that loves or owned a hamster might like to see
what purebred pedigree hamsters look like.My Swedish hamsters
all had pedigrees that went back 7 generations or more.
I bred and showed them for 15 years thruout the US and Canada.

I had both domestic & Swedish Syrian hamsters in many coat types
like satin(very shiny) and rex(wavy like the rex cat) coat types
and I even had hairless hamsters a rarely seen thing now.
I had multi gene colors such as tri colored and chocolate which
is one of the most coveted colors in the hamster genetics world.
I had to go to Canada to get the rex gene and paid as much as
$40 a hamster to get it.They were imported directly from Sweden
from the Manstenen line there.I bought them from Brian at
Tershonians Hamsters in Sarnia, Canada.
Brian no longer breeds hamsters now.

I also had Siberian Dwarf hamsters in the rare colors such as lavendar
and champaigne.Champagne is a 5 gene color and takes a long
time to propagate.Canadian dwarfs have wonderful temperments
but sadly are very diabetic.You cant breed it out either.
I had people come from other states to get my sweet natured dwarfies.

I started my hamstery in Hornersville, Missouri and wrote an article
there that was used in a newspaper on the east coast.
When I moved to Michigan I moved my entire hamstery there.
It was quite a trip but everyone made it even our pregnant girls.

Below you can see examples of coat types and colors.
I will try to list them in groups accordingly.

First my hamstery setup:



DOMESTIC SYRIANS

DOVE SATIN MALE LH(show Quality)



CHOCOLATE MALE LH(Rare color)



CHOCOLATE TORTOISESHELL FEMALE SH(Rare color)
 

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LIGHT GREY MALE SH



YELLOW BLACK MALE LH


YELLOW BLACK-REX CARRIER MALE LH


DARK EARRED WHITE FEMALE LH
(They carry the Eyeless gene and cant be bred
to other white bellied hamsters or they have babes with no eyes.)


CINNAMON TRI COLOR FEMALE SH-PREGNANT
(Only females are tri-colored)


BLACK TRI COLOR FEMALE SH-PREGNANT
(Only females are tri-colored)


BLACK TRI COLOR FEMALE SH-SHOW QUALITY
(Only females are tri-colored)


EXTREME DILUTE BLACK MALE LH
(Looks like choc but is genetically different.
They have cherry glow to eyes is a tip-off.
Also this gene is similar to the merle gene in dogs.)



BLACK AND WHITE MALE LH
 

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BLACK AND WHITE TRI COLOR SH WITH LITTER
(Breeding a tri or blk & wht female to a yellow or yellow black
male produces tris and tortoiseshell hamsters.)


LITTER FROM BLACK SH
 

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SYRIAN HAIRLESS
Very complex gene:
Can only mate a hairless male to a furred female.
If you breed a hairless female she can not nurse
her litter and they will die.Hairless females do not
have milk ducts.You must use a hairless male only
and breed him to a furred hairless carrier to produce
offspring that are hairless and hairless carriers.

DARK EARRED WHITE HAIRLESS MALE


 

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What a great set up! I think that is so cool people show hamsters. I never even knew about that until months ago (from this forum!) Those are adorable hamsters! lol Last shot is too cute on the 2nd post!
 

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SWEDISH REX HAMSTERS

BLACK EYED CREME REX FEMALE LH


BLACK TORTOISESHELL REX FEMALE LH


BLACK TRI COLOR REX FEMALE LH






DOVE TORTOISESHELL REX FEMALE LH



BLACK AND WHITE REX MALE LH


 

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BLACK REX CARRIER MALE LH


LITTER SHOWING BLK,BLK EYED CREAM,RED EYED CREAM REX SIBLINGS


LITTER FROM DOVE REX TORTOISESHELL LH
 

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DWARF HAMSTERS

CANADIAN SIBERIAN DWARFS

LAVENDAR & WHITE FEMALE (Rare color)


CHAMPAIGNE & WHITE MALE SIBLINGS (Rarest 5 gene color)




BLUE AND WHITE WITH LITTER


LITTER OF BLUE AND BLUE & WHITE



WINTER WHITE DWARFS
Winter whites are special and not
that common.They are agouti or brown looking
in summer but turn white like snowshoe rabbits in winter.
They have to have a correct diet to achieve this coloration.


ROBOROVSKI DWARFS
A russian breed that is very,very active.



EXOTICS-SPINY MICE
Wild and not too social and must be handled a lot.
 

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Are hamsters quite popular as far as breeding and buying goes?

I know when I was young our neighbors dumped off their pet-store hamsters on us because they couldn't tend to them, anyway it turned out to be a horrific mess.

Turns out i'm allergic to all things small - guinea, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets etc. they all send me into sneezing fits.
 

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STILL GOIN ON THE TOUR!! :)

MSN FUN SHOWS ONLINE












NEWSPAPER ARTICLE




HAMSTERY PROMO SLIDESHOWS





 

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Hope you enjoyed the tour!
This was just a sample of the hamsters
I had then.I bred hundreds of litters over the years
and met a lot of neat hamster/rodent lovers.
Thanks for letting me remember the sweet hammies we had!!
 

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There is a huge following for well bred hamsters out there.
In the 90`s I belonged to a huge grapevine of breeders across the US and Canada.
Many times I had people come from 6 hrs away to buy a $10 hamster
just to get the genes or a perfect sweet pet for their children.
I knew of people that would fly to other countrys just to get the genes and bring
the hamster back on the plane in a carry-on bag.
Oh it was a very well financed group of people/breeders.
It was a very time consuming and dedicated hobby just like dog breeders
out there.Its part of your lifestyle!
Pocket pets dont get the same respect as dog breeders.
But just as much time and energy goes into it.
 

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How neat! Thanks for taking the time to share all those pictures. I find it fascinating and love seeing all the different types. Also had no idea they came in a longhair variety but they are super cute!
 

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That was SOOOOOOOOOO interesting! I truly loved seeing your pics and seeing your article, wins, etc. What a fascinating hobby! I loved the hairless. How unique!! Thanks so much for the peek into a hamster breeding operation. They were truly gorgeous!
 

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Yes the hamsters you see at Petsmart or pet stores dont come
close to the purebred colors and coat types available.
It took me 2 hrs to set this tour up for you all.
Hope you all enjoyed the beauty they can have.
 

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Omg...that was such an awesome set up!!! Boy I had no idea about the interest in breeding and showing hamsters. They were just all so dang cute!! How long do hamsters live?
 

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Hamsters live up to 3 years generally.
They have a 16 day gestational period.
Males make the best pets and have the longest coats.
Females are more moody.
Hamsters can bark like dogs when a female is receptive.
I used to have them bark to each other all the time
from their tanks to each other.
I had 57 hamster breeding adults at one time.
You have to change the tank bedding every 2 weeks.
I use to use paper pellet cat litter
as cedar chips do brain damage from the chemicals they put
on it for flea control for dogs.
NEVER USE CEDAR CHIPS FOR HAMSTERS BEDDING!
 

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I had some of the rarest colors and was 1 of only 3 breeders
in the US that had the color chocolate and light silver grey.
Oh well I better stop here!Its all coming back to me and I
could talk hamsters for hours!! :) But if you have any questions
Id be happy to answer them.
 
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