|It is possible to get Hamsters from breeders, rescue centres and pet shops.|
Reputable breeders are the best place to purchase a hamster from as they usually show their hamsters and aim to produce a good litter of healthy youngsters. A good, healthy male and female will have been used and the breeding process carefully planned. Breeders will handle the young hamsters regularly so they are confident when being handled and it will be possible to see the parents of the young hamsters and how they interact with people.
You can locate a breeder by finding an advert in a newspaper or small animal/hamster magazine.
Unfortunately a lot of hamsters end up in rescue centres through no fault of their own, so they are a good place to go to find a new hamster.
The rescue centre will do an assessment of the hamster upon arrival and they will be treated for any illness they may have. They will also be handled by the rescue centre staff to assess their suitability as a pet.
Depending on the rescue centre, you may have to fill in some forms and/or have an interview to assess your suitability as a hamster owner because their main interest is in placing a hamster with a suitable owner that is going to care for him correctly.
Pet shops often sell hamsters and are usually where people go to buy them. Pets shops mainly acquire hamsters from commercial breeders and upon arrival at the pet shop the young hamsters will have had little handling and nothing will be known about their parents etc.
If you are buying a hamster from a pet shop you need to ensure that males and females are kept separately, they are kept in clean conditions, they are well fed, their cage is not over crowded and that the hamsters look healthy.
If you are in any doubt about the conditions the hamsters are kept in or their health, it is best to look elsewhere as you could end up with a hamster that has health problems, is pregnant and/or extra vet expenses.