Otherwise known as the golden hamster, teddy bear, panda hamster or fancy hamster.
These hamsters are the largest pet hamster you will find, this means they are often easier to handle. They are the most laidback of the hamster species and are best for unexperienced and new hamster owners. Long haired Syrians will require grooming at least twice a week as the substrate and potty litter may get tangled in their fur.
Syrian hamsters are usually around 13cm in length although some may be larger. Females are often larger than the males.
They are the most popular hamster species to be kept as pets and are available in many colours and patterns (see below).