Breeding Syrian Hamsters
Syrian hamsters have additional danger due to their closely related nature, the presence of lethal genes that can lead to a high or total death rate in their litters and the possibility of infanticide.
Syrian hamsters become sexually mature at around 28 days, however they should not be bred for the first time until 3-4 months of age. A sexually mature female comes into heat approximately every four days. The male must be removed immediately after mating or else the female may fight and kill him.
Syrian hamsters have a very short gestation of 15-17 days and litter sizes can be up to 20 with an average litter size of 8-10. Pups must be separated into same-sex groups at 4 weeks, and kept singularly by 8 weeks.