How to Draw a Golden Hamster

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Golden Hamster in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Golden Hamster.

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How to Draw a Golden Hamster - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: To start off, draw the head. Make it pretty big, with it slightly wider at the top for ears.

Step 2: To draw the face, first start with the two eyes. Connect the eyes with a line that cirves down towards the bottom and then comes back up. At the bottom, add a ring for the nose, and a line for the mouth.

Step 3: Draw the first fromt leg. Start from the left and come down, and add fingers for the paw. Leave space for the other leg

Step 4: Repeat Step 4, except start on the right side this time.

Step 5: Draw the body, which is just a curved line coming from just underneath the right ear

Step 6: Continue the line and make a leg for the hind leg, and then connect it to the body.

Interesting Facts about the Golden Hamster

Also known as the Syrian Hamster, the Golden Hamster is considered vulnerable in the wild found only in Northern Syria and Southern Turkey’s arid regions. They are well established in captivity however, becoming popular pets and scientific research animals all over the world.

Did you know?

  • Golden Hamsters have expandable cheek pouches that extend from their cheek’s to their shoulders that they use for food hoarding.
  • Adult female Golden Hamsters come into season every four days and have the shortest gestation period of any known mammal.
  • Golden Hamster are highly intolerant of each other, regularly attacking each other.
  • There is a small population of Golden Hamsters in Israel that originally escaped from a science lab.
  • None of the Golden Hamsters in the USA today are descended from the group originally important from Syria.

Lesson plan note: Golden Hamsters are a common sight in pet stores alongside other hamster species. Ask students what makes Golden Hamsters similar to other hamsters they’ve seen in pet stores and what makes them different. Have them list out their specific differences before asking them what they think makes them different to learn about species differences.