You’ve done your research and have decided that a Chinese Hamster is the right pet for you, you’ve bought your cage and set it up so now it’s time to choose your hamster. There are several options available to you when sourcing your new pet but due to the fact that Chinese Hamsters are becoming increasingly difficult to find in pet shops, many prospective owners find that the best option is to get in touch with a breeder. Unfortunately anyone can call themselves a breeder so it’s important to do your research prior to agreeing to take on a hamster from a breeder. Most reputable breeders within the UK can be found through the NHC affiliated Hamster Clubs and will have a prefix that is registered with the National Hamster Council. All members and prefix holders must follow a code of conduct concerning the care and welfare standards that they provide for the hamsters in their care.
Most breeders will operate a waiting list system and you will usually need to answer some questions concerning the kind of caging, food and whether you have access to suitable vet care prior to being accepted. Once accepted the breeder will contact you when a suitable pup becomes available however there may be some wait until you hear from them depending on how many others are on the waiting list and how often they breed so please be patient when waiting and if you find a hamster from another source or change your mind then please have the courtesy to let them know so that they can offer your position on the waiting list to another person.
Club Breeders will occasionally place young hamsters on the sales table at Hamster Shows but due to the fact that there are less Chinese Hamster breeders than there are for some of the other species of hamster, this may not always be the case so if you are planning to go down this route, it’s best to check with the Sales Manager the day before the show to see if any have been booked in before you make a special trip.