Metallica Hamstery’s show career began in 2015 but the love for the Chinese Hamster began in January 2012. Originally setting out to buy a pair of Russian Hamsters, my eyes were caught by a mouselike hamster. I had never seen one before but I’d fallen in love with his charms so he and his brother came home with me. They were to be named Stitch and Lil’ Meat, The Founding Brothers of Metallica. Much of their life was spent learning a lot about how hamster care had changed and how I could enrich the lives of these tiny bundles of personality. It was during the latter part of the Founding Brothers lives that I discovered the existence of hamster showing and the National Hamster Council. Following the death of Lil’ Meat at the age of three years and seven months, I decided to seek a hamster from a breeder to begin our show career. I later welcomed Vectis’ Lord James, Earl of Metallica in October 2015.
In November 2015, I entered my first show at Wootten Bassett with Lord James being entered into the main show and Lady May being entered into the pet class. Both placed last in their respective classes but it was a useful and informative experience and a thoroughly enjoyable day. Despite coming last in her class, Lady May was awarded a rosette for her ‘Highly Commended’ placing which was to be Metallica Hamstery’s first rosette and Lady May’s only rosette.
During 2016, Metallica Hamstery entered a number of shows developing our experience and knowledge of how showing works and at Dawlish in March 2016, Lord James placed top of his class in Intermediate and Small Hamstery and Metallica has come away with at least two first placings in classes at many subsequent Southern Hamster Club shows in 2016. In July 2016, Lord James won Metallica Hamstery’s first Best In Show at Cardiff.
I have been fortunate enough to work with several different judges as either a Pen or a Book Steward in the Dwarf Section. It was during this time that most of my knowledge about what the show standards actually looked like in real life occurred and still remains to be a valuable experience. In late 2016, I was elected as the new webmaster for the Southern Hamster Club and as a Committee Member of Midland Hamster Club. In 2017, I took on the Show Secretary role for the first time and began the process to train as a Dwarf Hamster Judge.
Metallica Hamstery finally ventured into breeding hamsters in September 2016 after I spent time learning about show standards and speaking to experienced breeders about the risks and best practices involving the care of the mother and pups. Metallica Hamstery’s first litter ‘The Nobrias’ were born in October 2016 and all but my keeper, a boy named Matthew were rehomed to other exhibitors. Occasional litters will be planned for the future, however Metallica Hamstery is a small scale breeder and hamstery so it is best to contact me if you want to know the most up to date information on planned pairings.
Metallica Hamstery adheres to the code of conduct set by the National Hamster Council concerning hamster care, welfare and breeding standards and all of the hamsters at Metallica are loved as members of my family where I pride myself on providing a home that cherishes and responds to their individual personalities.
I am a member of the Southern Hamster Club and an associate member of the Midland and Northern Hamster Clubs. Metallica Hamstery was registered as a prefix with the National Hamster Council in March 2016.
The Metallica Hamstery website uses the DJB Coffee Shoppe Espresso font for which we have a commercial use licence and the hand drawn hamster was a commissioned piece from Ally Gator: Animator. All photography was taken by Metallica Hamstery unless otherwise stated.