Doric Hamstery has been my prefix since 2013. I’ve been breeding as a member of the hamster fancy and have been exhibiting since 2012. This means I am a hobby breeder rather than a breeder of pets but do often have pups for sale to pet homes. I prefer to rehome directly rather than via a pet shop so that I can vet homes myself.
From 2011 to 2015 I ran Scritches Rat and Rodent Rescue with a team of trustees and so I consider myself firmly in the middle ground between rescue and breeding. I hope to share my experiences to educate those who may think ‘all breeders are bad’ or not understand why I do what I do.
Roborovski hamsters have been a part of my life since I saw my first hamster in 2011. Since then I’ve gone on to own, breed and exhibit these wonderful creatures and been fascinated by their different varieties.
For a few years I also bred and exhibited both Syrian and Chinese hamsters and I still judge Syrian hamsters which are the more commonly available pet. I have experience breeding and showing fancy mice and, briefly, gerbils.
My hamsters are first and foremost my pets. They share my house with my two dogs and other pet rodents.