Hamsters have an interesting history. All of today's hamsters are descended from one single litter discovered in Syria in 1930. As demand grew throughout the country for this cute creature, the breeding has created hamsters with many color variations with names like Cinnamon, Smoke Pearl and Dove. Hamsters also have various eye colors depending on their color such as red, ruby, black or gray. Two other kinds of hamsters are becoming increasingly popular, the Dwarf Russian and the Chinese. The temperament of a hamster is to be less nervous than a mouse, with a tendency to be extremely sound sleepers. Be very careful when trying to wake a hamster. They may get a bit cranky.