An oriental name makes the ideal choice for the Chinese hamster. Hailing from northern China and Mongolia, this breed is generally slimmer with a longer tail. White Spotted Chinese hamsters have a greyish/white coat and a dark stripe down their back. Strangely, in certain parts of the US this breed is considered to be a pest and owners require a special licence. In other parts of the US they are considered to be exotic animals and require a different type of licence.