What Is a Fancy Hamster?

According to Petco, fancy hamsters are native to Syria and are known for their multiple color variations and the fact that they move slower than common dwarf hamsters. Fancy hamsters are small in size; their full-grown height is approximately 5 to 6 inches.

Fancy hamsters are also referred to as bear hamsters, and they have a life span of approximately three years. Fancy hamsters are more active at night and are solitary animals, so hamster owners should only place one hamster in a habitat, according to PetSmart. Fancy hamsters' teeth grow continuously throughout their lives. Overgrowth can easily be controlled with carrot sticks and chew toys.