How Long Do Hamsters Live?

Amy Green
3 min readJun 27, 2021
How Long Do Hamsters Live?

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The quintessential family pet for those not ready to commit to a larger animal, hamsters are well-loved members of many families. The first hamster is said to have been identified in 1930, and from there over 26 unique species have been identified. Originally discovered in Syria, the most popular and most common species of hamster today is known as the Syrian hamster, and those are the most likely ones you’ll find in pet shops or in homes across the world. Other popular species, like the Chinese hamster or the dwarf family of hamsters, have also begun cropping up. Hamsters can make great family pets, but there are quite a few things you want to keep in mind when you begin your hamster journey. But the key question for today’s blog is how long do hamsters live?

How long do hamsters live?

One of the biggest questions people have when choosing a pet hamster is often: how long do hamsters live? That question depends on a lot of different factors that we’ll explore, including breed, diet, and living conditions. On average a hamster can live around 18 months to 2 years.

Hamster Breeds

Your hamster lifespan depends on their genetic code built into their species type, as well as their housing situation. One important thing to know when you’re trying to keep your hamsters alive is that it’s better for everyone if you keep your hamster in their own cage by themselves, especially if you have multiple. Different species of hamsters should never be kept together, nor should male and female hamsters, as they will either become aggressive or create more hamsters (if you catch our drift). There are three major subcategories of hamster breeds.

Syrian hamsters are the most common type kept as pets.They can be quite tame and easy to handle, making them good candidates to live longer due to their easygoing nature.

Dwarf hamsters are more social creatures and might benefit from having a partner in their cage. Fast and agile, they are a bit harder to handle and can die younger if not properly cared for.

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Amy Green

Hi I’m Amy — travel blogger, dog lover, digital marketer. I write mainly about Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Getting into drones!