What do you breed? I currently breed all for all three recognised colours/patterns of Chinese Hamster (Normal/Agouti, Dominant Spot & Black Eyed White).
Do you have any hamsters available? I am a small scale, ethical breeder meaning my girls have a maximum of 3 litters in their lifetime (although usually only 2) and they are given several weeks, minimum, between the time their first or second litter has left them and the time they are paired for their final litter. This means I don't always have pups available. If you are looking for a hamster, you can use the contact form on the site or you can check out our facebook page, which is linked on the home page.
How much do you charge for rehoming? I charge a fee of £10 per hamster. Each pup that leaves me comes with a pedigree, a bag of changeover food, a care pack and lifetime support and advice. Also I offer a lifetime home for all of my pups. This means that if, for whatever reason, you can no longer keep a pup you've had from me, they are more than welcome to return to me. It doesn't matter if the hamster is 3 months old or 3 years old, I will always take back a hamster I've bred/rehomed and they will then remain with me for the duration of their life. The hope and reasoning behind this is that I will always know where my hamsters are and that none of them will ever end up in a rescue or on a rehoming site. A good breeder doesn't stop caring about their animals after they've left.
What happens to your hamsters when they are too old to breed or be shown? All of my hamsters are, first and foremost, much loved pets and family members, this means that even when they "retire" from breeding and showing, the remain with me and continue to live a life of luxury only without the early morning start on the day of a show!
Do you have any rules/requirements on the homes your pups go to? I am a firm believer that there is not one rule that fits all. Requirements and requests on the home you provide will be discussed via email. If I, for whatever reason, have refused an application for rehoming, this doesn't mean that other breeders will. All breeders have different criteria they look for in homes and all breeders reserve the right to refuse someone a pup if they don't feel the home is right. It's not just about what's right for the pups but what's right for you too and it also doesn't mean you can't ask to adopt a pup again in the future. One requirement that I ask of all people that have a Willow Tree pup, is that I'm kept up to date on how they're doing and that I get the occasional picture of them from time to time.
What happens to pups you don't find a home for? All pups remain here until they find their forever home. If they never find a forever home then they stay with me. Do you cull or breed for reptile food? No and no. I have never personally believed in culling an animal. If pups are born that don't meet the show standard then they either stay here as a pet or go to a pet home and any pup that has health issues receives appropriate treatment and then remains here unless explicitly discussed with someone who enquires about rehoming it. I also don't breed for reptile food. I breed for health, temperament and type and my hamsters stay here for breeding/showing/as pets, go to other breeders and exhibitors or they go to suitable pet homes.
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