Ideas behind our breeding decisions
To produce a stock of show hamsters. To do this it is
to do well in several classes including positions in the top 4 places
the "Grand Challenge" class. The class initially aimed for is
class 1 Golden
The Proposed Method:
To keep a line of pure goldens going.
Bambi x Indiana:
First we needed a stock of "pure" goldens. This mating should
give just that!
14th April 2008
Fortunately this mating was sucessful and produced 8 babies, 2 male and
6 female. We kept all apart from 1 female, this we let another
breeder have who has helped in more ways than they might know. We
named the babies things that mean gold or things to do with gold seeing
as they were the first babies since registering the prefix and they
were all pure golden. So the 7 hamsters are: Orville(m); Kin(m);
Aurek(f); Eldora(f); Orlah(f); Oriana(f); and Hema(f).
Jasmine x Indiana:
Jasmine is heterogygous silver grey, in other words only contains one
copy of the silver grey gene obtained from her mother, so is not a good
silver grey as she could be and should be. In order to get the
silver grey it is necessary for a hamster to collect two copies of the
one from each parent. Only having one hamster being silver grey
is necessary to create more. The nice thing about having the pure
of goldens is that we can cross lines into it knowing that the
will only aquire the genes we would like to filter out. While,
the silver grey gene is a dominant one, if a hamster picks a copy of
gene up then it is visible, unlike the recessive colour genes. So
this mating it will be possible to tell which babies if any carry the
2nd June 2008
From this mating, 9 babies were born. 6 showing silver grey and
the other 3 being golden of which we will be keeping the "best" male
and "best" female and finding good homes for the rest of them.
Names still to be decided on as I write this.
Both the kept babies are doing well and maturing nicely as at the 14th
July, with the girl being named Arian, the male still needing his name
will be decided on by the end of the week
Midi x Chris:
Midi and Chris are both nice type goldens of a reasonable size so
should produce good offspring. Both carry the dark grey gene
which is a
recessive mutation and so unless it combines as a pair one from each
then it will not show. However, because both Midi and Chris each
have one parent that was dark grey we know that each must carry a copy
the gene and therefore look forward to one quarter of any litter they
to be dark grey.
27th June 2008
A nice size litter of at least 10 was produced. After 6 days it's
looking like at least 4 are showing as dark grey but it is still early
days yet and will update this account in the near future.
Oh bugger!!! On the 14th July there are 7 babies surviving, all of
which are golden! Disappointing but both adults are young enough
to be mated again in a few months time with the intention of getting
that first Dark
Walnut x Branwen
Branwen was dispatched to another breeder with the hope of producing
offspring that she will rear. The mating was sucessful and a huge
2 is being reared by mum. Branwen and a male, called Chrisanto,
Midas x Daisy
Midas is a very nice golden from Tristar. Daisy is a satin,
black, dom-spot, banded who also appears to carry the white-bellie
gene. A mating of these two should produce a litter of goldens
carrying black with a variety of patterned and possibly non-patterned
babies. The aim is to eventually produce a nice standard black
dom-spot and a nice standard black roan for showing as well as nice
standard satin hamsters for showing. Again all these pattern
varieties are dominant gene types and so show if it is collected from
either of the parents. The only thing to worry about is the
white-bellied gene as if a baby aquires a copy from each parent then
the result is an eye-less white. So careful record of the
offspring will be needed!
Kin x Indigo
Kin is the better colour and type of the two males from Indiana x Bambi
and so a very good hamster to cross back to Indigo for two reasons.
One is to confirm the genetic fact that the line is still pure
and the other
is to produce a next generation of goldens to continue the line.
the moment Indigo is not playing and Kin has had to be saved on a
of ocassions from recieving serious wounds! A very good reason to
vigilant whilst mating Syrian hamsters. The mating eventually
place but no offspring arrived, just one of the frustrations of trying
Chris x Jasmine
In an attemt to obtain a line of cinnamon hamsters it was thought that
this mating could produce hamsters with the genetics needed. A
litter arrived on the 1st September 2008. In the litter there
were 11 offspring. The problem with any of these showing as
carrying the silver grey gene could also
carry the dark grey gene and so would not be suitable for the line of
grey and so would be excess to requirement. Unfortunately there
none that had the pink eyes that didn't also have the silver grey gene
which we kept two - a male and a female which may be used in the future
try and obtain cinnamon's from.
Sliva and Arian
We obtained a long-haired homozygous silver grey which we named Sliva.
This mating would produce homozygous and heterozygous silver
greys in roughly equal
proportions. The homozygous silver grey distinguishable by it
no sepia colouration. The litter produced 15 babies on the 8th
2008.in the litter were 11 silver grey babies and 4 chocolate babies.
chocolate babies were a surprise but did tell us that in the other 11
then we need to check for black and rust by crossing out to hamsters
to be carrying these two genes to be sure that they don't carry these
genes which means a few more generations will need to be bred in order
end up with a line of silver grey hamsters that carry no other colour
Wynn x Orlah
With the true females getting older there developed an urgency to have
litters before the end of the year. Great relief when 15 babies
were born from this mating of uncle to neice. All are doing well
and good homes will be needed for a fair number of these true golden
Indiana x Eldora
Again for more true goldens this mating took place on the same evening
as Wynn with Orlah. This meant that it was more likely to get
some true golden babies and if something should happen to one of the
mothers then the offspring could if need be be fostered with care.
This mating was also successful and produced 9 babies giving a
good choice for selecting the best for future generations and also
diverging the line to a greater extent to make feasability of keeping
the line that much better. Again several of these offspring will
need good homes and will be a valuable resource for other breeders.