The Cinnamon mutation in the Syrian Hamster occurred in 1958 in the USA. The coat of the Cinnamon hamster is ginger over the back and sides and can range from pale ginger to a deep bright ginger. The roots of the hairs are blueish-grey and these darker roots are often easily visible on the top of the head. The fur on the belly is ivory in colour but slightly blue-grey at the roots and the ginger colouring of the back extends in a line across the chest. Along the side of each cheek there is a gingerish-brown "cheekflash" which extends from under the chin up towards the ears and the ivory belly colour extends upwards below the cheekflash. The eyes are red and the ears are flesh coloured. Young Cinnamon hamsters have bright red eyes but as the hamster matures the colour becomes richer and the eyes become darker in colour.
The Cinnamon can be combined with any coat type, and pattern to produce varieties such as Long Haired Cinnamon, Cinnamon Banded, Cinnamon Dominant Spot, etc.
The Cinnamon hamster should be deep bright ginger with a very definite blue-grey undercolour extending all over the back of the body for the show bench. Many Cinnamon hamsters bred for pets and seen in pet shops lack the depth of colour required for showing.