21 Ethical Hamster Breeders Near You (2022)

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Hamster breeders

When you think about “small pets”, a hamster is probably one of the first animals to pop into your head. Well, you’re not alone! Hamsters are some of the most common pets, with about 1.5 million American households own a hamster.

If you’re looking to own a hamster as a pet, it definitely makes sense. They’re inexpensive, adorable, and tons of fun to care for and watch.

While hamsters are available in most, if not all major pet stores, you might want to turn to a local hamster breeder to get your new pet from.

This is because smaller-scale hamsters breeders usually, but not always, ethically produce hamsters that are well cared-for and healthy — something that likely doesn’t happen with big pet stores.

Because of this, we’ve collected a list of the few hamster breeders that exist throughout the United States! Please note that we don’t know all of these breeders personally, and your own research on a breeder is required.

American Hamster Breeders

Below we’ve collected 21 hamster breeders from around the United States. Hamster breeders are surprisingly uncommon, and a breeder couldn’t be found in many states. However, if you happen to live near any of these breeders, they may provide a great opportunity to get your first pet hamster!

Breeders can specialize, or they can breed a variety of hamsters. Among the most common types are Syrian hamster breeders, Chinese hamster breeders, and Dwarf hamster breeders (many kinds)!

 

Alaska

Homegrown Hamsters

 

Arizona

Home Sweet Hammy Home

 

California

Cheeks and Squeaks Hamsters

 

Furball Critters

 

Happy Paws Hamsters

 

Colorado

Breeder Name

 

Florida

Nyx Hamstery

 

Speckled Hamstery

 

Hawaii

Hamsters are illegal in Hawaii

 

Illinois

Nantucket Hamstery

 

Maryland

Pearl Hamletry’s Hamsters

 

Massachusetts

Berry Blossom Hamstery

 

Michigan

Lou’s Pet Shop

 

Missouri

Hillcrest Hamstery

 

New Jersey

Country Counties Hamstery

 

Ohio

Holmden Hill Haven

 

Oregon

Hubba-Hubba Hamstery

 

Pennsylvania

Hamster Tracks

 

Tennessee

Winterbell Hamstery

 

Utah

Brookside Hamstery

  • Location: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Social: Facebook
  • Contact: (239) 228-0207

 

Virginia

Poppy Bee Hamstery

 

West Virginia

White Rose Hamstery

 

Finding An Ethical Hamster Breeder

An “ethical hamster breeder” is a relatively loose term, but it essentially means a breeder that has all of the means and knowledge necessary to breed a hamster properly, and does just that.

They provide excellent care and respect to the hamsters they create while they’re in their care, and work to educate owners so that they’ll take care of their hamsters post-purchase.

Essentially, an ethical hamster breeder is the exact opposite of the rodent mills that supply most of the large pet stores. If you care about where your pet is coming from, searching for an ethical breeder is absolute essential.

How do you find a breeder like this, though? Below are a couple of things to look for in your hamster breeder:

Ethical Goals

If the primary motivation behind a hamster breeder’s business is monetary, turn and run the other way. This should never be the case.

Ethical hamster breeders work to improve the species as a whole, striving for each litter to be healthier than the last.

To determine a breeder’s goals, simply ask them what they are! A proper hamster breeder will be very passionate and happily share the story and motivation behind their work.

Healthy Genetics

Hamster breeders should never use pet store hamsters to breed. Hamsters that come from rodent mills tend to carry a mess of many genes — many of which can cause serious health problems, or death, if combined poorly.

Not only is it dangerous to mess with genetics like this, but it’s also ethically wrong! Hamster breeders work to combat rodent mills, so purchasing hamsters from them is a step in the opposite direction.

Breeders will never admit to using pet store hamsters in their lines. Therefore, it’s important to ask about the parents of a hamster you’re looking at.

Good hamster breeders will be able to show pictures and documents for parents, and will typically know all the jargon when it comes to breeding and genetics.

Proper Husbandry

Even if a hamster breeder has hundreds of hamsters, every one needs to be given the same care and respect that a hamster would get if it were all alone.

Cages should be plenty large enough to provide ample room to run around (at least 450 square inches), a quality running wheel should be present, there should be several toys in the cage, and healthy hamster food and water should always be present.

To make sure a breeder is meeting these standards, simply ask for pictures of their setup! Usually breeders will have this on their website, but a good hamster breeder will provide pictures quickly if not otherwise available.

Proper Breeding Frequency

This is a two-fold trait, holding relevance with both individual female hamster breeding and total overall breeding.

Individually, female hamsters can not breed under 4 months, and shouldn’t be bred over a year old (due to stress/complications). So, females have a very small window where they can be bred.

This means that a female should only be bred twice, maybe three times, and each litter should be genetically different from the others.

The second aspect is overall breeding frequency. Essentially, a hamster breeder shouldn’t be overbreeding; they should only breed as many hamsters as needed.

The best hamster breeders have waitlists, allowing them to make sure that every hamsters that’s bred has a home waiting for it. While it’s not inherently bad for a breeder to have extra stock, it can be indicative of shady practices.

Transparency

Lastly, hamster breeders should be advocates for hamsters, and this is done through breeding transparency.

Breeders of the highest caliber will be so transparent, you shouldn’t need to ask many questions at all! Their husbandry, genetics, mission, and day to day activities should be clear on social media or their website.

If you do have to ask questions, though, you’ll want a hamster breeder that answers them quickly and thoughtfully.

Cost To Buy A Hamster From A Breeder

If you’re buying a hamster from a breeder, you should expect to pay more if you were to go to a large pet store. At pet stores, a hamster may cost $5-$15. From a hamster breeder, it’s more around $50.

For the incredible care difference that hamsters receive, this price difference is ridiculously small. Hamster breeders provide much better care and produce much healthier hamster than rodent mills — and that comes at a cost.

It’s important to note that the hamster itself isn’t the only purchase you’ll be making, so set some extra money aside! You’ll need about $100 in start-up costs for a cage, bedding, wheel, toys, water bottle, food, and treats.

Make sure your hamster’s setup is ready to go before they’re brought home! The moving process can be stressful, and it’s important that they have a ready-t0-go cage to hunker down in,

Zach David
Zach David
Zach is a life-long pet owner and enthusiast. He was born into a family with a dog named Murphy, and since then has owned several other dogs, tarantulas, mice, ferrets, fish, geckos, and a cat. This experience has given him the knowledge necessary to help others become excellent pet owners.