Pedigree is a term you may hear a lot in the breeding circle of hamsters. A pedigree hamster is one that has known parents on both sides for several generations. Said hamster comes from a knowledgeable, experienced breeder who can verify its genetics, lineage and discuss potential health problems with you.
The hamsters provided by breeders of the OHC are almost always considered pedigree hamsters. There may be occasions where a hamster may not live up to the standards suggested here of what makes a pedigree hamster. Sometimes breeders do need to include new blood. In these instances, breeders should be upfront with adopters.
A pedigree hamster…
OHC’s standards for a pedigree hamster will be reevaluated in 2019.