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The History of Hamster as Pets

Updated on February 20, 2011

History of Hamsters

At least 1 in 5 people have had a hamster as a pet. We all fall in love with these little guys and take them home with a cage that falls apart and little to no knowledge about the little furry guy at all. I tell you what you learn alot in the first couple of days. But do you know who actually decided to make hamsters the pet we know today.

Who Discovered Hamsters

Around the 1930's a israeli zoologist was working in the Syrian desert and was digging and found these little guys in the sand burrowed. So he caught them ( which would be a random thought to me to grab one) He brought 3 to 4 hamsters back and successfully bred them and raised the babies. In the late 30's it was actually a British Zoologist that named them what you know today as the Golden Hamster. That zoologists name was George Waterhouse. In 1945 they were introduced into the pet trade and that is were the frenzy started over these little guys and girls we call hamsters.

Hamster Info

  • Hamsters live 1-3 years
  • Can store up to 175lbs of food in burrow in wild
  • Come in many different species
  • Chinese Hamsters are the nicest
  • Came from Syrian Desert


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      lindacee 6 years ago from Arizona

      Great information and history about hamsters as pets. I had one as a child and it was a wonderful pet experience. Her name was "Piglet" and she was my best friend! I think she lived for two years.

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      hamster cage 6 years ago

      I never knew the history of hamster as pets until now. I would highly advise as a pet for any child.