Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Nov 03, 2013
There are a number of pros and cons to the Syrian hamsters. The pros: they are small and can be confined in a cage so you don't worry about them destroying your house. Another advantage they are relatively inexpensive when compared with other pets like cats and dogs. They also don't require vaccinations and don't need to be spayed or neutered however they are very delicate pets and can easily get hurt or sick so a vet care should be planned in advance.
The cons: the Syrian hamsters tend to get bored quickly so keeping them in a small cage for too long is a recipe for disaster as they might become aggressive and refuse to be handled or held. They might also require too much care/cleaning especially when they are kept in a small cage, as opposed to a large one, you might need to clean the cage 3 to 4 times a week which can be time-consuming. Also, they can be very noisy as they are primarily awake at night so keep that in mind if you are planning to put the cage in your bedroom and if you love your sleep.
My overall experience with the Syrian hamster was decent. My advise is not to have high expectations, you can't just bring a hamster home from the store and expect them to warm up to you or play with you immediately. They require extreme patience and intense training to accept human handling.