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Old 04-02-2016, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default Thinking about breeding

Have thought about breeding for a while.

However I have absolutely no knowledge or information so needing help what website(s) do I trust. What tips do you have? I'm going to read through some threads to find out more but anything will help!

I'm not going to use the dwarfs but will be breeding some Syrians. All help appreciated.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Thinking about breeding

#1 advice is locate a breeder who is also a very willing Mentor, and Listen to and do what they suggest. Start with a pair with a good long pedigree with them, and focus on one base color and work with that color until you have perfected it. Go to as many shows as is possible and study the Hamsters in the color you prefer to start with, and don't start with a color which is rare or hard to find as you will be heading for failure and often that discourages and causes you to quit before even starting.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: Thinking about breeding

I agree with Nancy's Hamsters, I've just started breeding Chinese hams and the help I've had has been invaluable to me even on top of all the research and reading I did.
Research your genetics as well, there are a few lethal combinations with Syrians that can give you eyeless toothless whites amongst other things. But yep, research, research, research and go to shows too
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Old 04-02-2016, 04:22 PM   #4
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Default Re: Thinking about breeding

Yep, research is key. I don't advise to go into breeding until you're completely confident you know as much as you can, and that you're prepared. You will probably find more questions to ask along the way, which is why it's good to have a mentor as Nancy said.

You might have read this already but thought I'd post it here incase you haven't. It states some very good points - Think Before You Breed!. In my first litter, 8 out of 10 pups died just before their eyes were about to open. If that happened to you, could you cope with that? I thought I was prepared for this, as I've dealt with similar situations in the past, although not to this extent. When it came to it, it was actually quite difficult for me, even though I thought I was 100% prepared for everything. It's always a possibility, and even worse things can happen. So just bare that in mind.

Some info on breeding Syrian hamsters by NHC - https://hamsters-uk.org/content/view/76/64/

Some info on Genetics - Genetics and Inheritance

It does take some time to understand genetics. It is important though, as ghostinsnow said, there are a couple of lethal genes, and some that give slight deformities. This is why starting with simple, common colours is the best way ahead. Cream based colours are the safest. Also, there are more complicated genetics than others.
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