Requirements for Breeding Hamsters of Different Breeds
While breeding hamsters, the rule to be kept in mind is that hamsters should be bred only in and according to their precise breeds i.e. breeding just Syrian hamsters or breeding just the Dwarf hamsters. It is not a good idea to go for breeding of unlike breed types as they may fight each other leading to death and even if the mating is successful somehow, then there may be pregnancy and birth complications of the hybrids or abnormalities in the off springs resulting from the cross breeding.
Breeding Syrian Hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus)
If one has Syrian hamster, the only occasion that the male and female hamsters should be brought together is when the female is on heat, which, in this case will be about every four days. Breeding of young females needs to be avoided as it might result in poor development of litter and later rejection of pups by the mother. Breeding Syrian hamsters is relatively difficult as they mostly fight and it may result in one of them getting killed.
Breeding Dwarf Hamsters
This breed is highly sociable and Dwarf hamsters are usually housed in groups. If Dwarf hamsters of different sex are kept in the same cage, they will start breeding themselves when they reach maturity. These hamsters will usually ‘self-regulate’ the breeding patterns as well as the hamster’s behavior; the owner will need to simply keep an eye on the process and watch it unfold. Breeding of the Dwarf breed is relatively easy.
Breeding Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamster (Phodopus campbellis)
Breeding Campbell Russian Dwarf hamsters will prove to be much unpretentious as compared to breeding Syrian hamsters as they are able to live together in diversified sex pairs or maybe groups and then breed naturally. In these Campbell Dwarf Hamsters, pairs or say groups are preeminently established at a young age as familiarizing older hamsters might result in fighting.
Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)
These fascinating little creatures are interesting to breed as they do not fight and the male stays with the female throughout the practice and even gets happily involved in the raising of the pups. The Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamsters can be bred at reaching the age of three or four months and this holds true for both male and the female of this breed.
Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters (Phodopus roborovski)
The tiniest of the hamsters’ species, the Roborovski hamsters are a bit more difficult to breed than the Campbells or Winter White breeds, nonetheless, a lot easier to breed than the Chinese hamster. They can be bred at any time of the year while they are kept as a pet. These hamsters should not be bred at young age in order to avoid any complications, although, these can be bred as early as five weeks.
Chinese Hamsters (Cricetulus griseus)
Breeding Hamsters of the Chinese breed can be pretty tricky to breed as they hate each other’s company, unlike other species. They will need constant monitoring or they might hurt each other badly. It is ideal to breed the male and female when they both have reached a mature age in order to get the pups with best health and qualities.