The National Hamster Council (NHC) is the governing body of the hamster fancy in the United Kingdom, representing the interests of all concerned with the keeping, exhibiting and/or breeding of the 5 species of hamster commonly kept as pets. As the world's leading hamster organisation, the NHC has an unrivalled reputation, and its standards and show rules have been used - and continue to be used - by hamster Clubs and societies in many countries.
Established in 1949, the NHC is the oldest such organisation in the world and its member Clubs cover the whole of the UK, with members throughout the world.
With an established network of experienced and knowledgeable officers and advisors, the NHC and its affiliated Clubs offer benefits to everyone interested in all types of hamsters. Our Clubs organise regular shows in Britain, where everyone is welcome - from beginner to experienced breeder. There are classes for pet as well as exhibition hamsters, and shows are the ideal opportunity to view many of the hundreds of colour combinations of Syrian hamster, not to mention the popular species of dwarf hamsters - Chinese, Campbell’s, Winter White and Roborovski.
We have a wealth of experience and expertise within the NHC, with some of our members having kept, bred and exhibited hamsters for over 30 years. This unique pool of knowledge is made available to every member through our information sheets, by personal contact and through our monthly Journal, which is packed with news, anecdotes, hamster keeping advice and show results. We are pleased to announce the launch of an electronic version of this journal, which is available to download online worldwide.
Benefits of membership include:-
A monthly journal, containing articles of both general and special interest, access to knowledge gained by some of the most experienced hamster fanciers in the world, the opportunity to attend regular shows held throughout the UK, information sheets covering all aspects of hamster keeping, exhibiting, feeding, handling, breeding etc. and access to recognised breeders of all varieties of hamsters.
Membership of our Clubs is open to everyone (UK and worldwide) with an interest in hamsters, and we endeavour to maintain subscription rates at affordable levels, ensuring that all members receive excellent value for money.
For full details of membership of National Hamster Council affiliated clubs throughout the UK, visit our website at:-

or individual Club websites:-