There are tons of breeds of cats, dogs, reptiles, fishes, birds and hamsters out there. I know I chose my hamster mostly for how cute and tiny it looked; later on, I read about it. Turns out, it's also the longest living hamster, the fastest, and the one who adapts the less easily to humans. Oh well! But I'm not sure I would have wanted a different kind. What influenced the decision you made when it came to the breed of your pet? edited because I cannot translate proper. XD I meant breed. Not race.