I have had quite a few hamsters over the years, syrian mainly. short haired, long haired (teddy bear) i personaly think that the accual breed or couler of the hamster dosnt reflect on its personality just like other animals, or human for that matter, how it is treated reflects on how it will treat others and act! i had a short haired syrian that no matter how hard i tried he just couldnt be tamed mind you i got him when he was about a year and a half old and the previous owners ignored him and neglected him! Also I have had teddy bear hampsters that were quite aggresive till they got a little older than were just dolls and loved to be held! now about the whole black bear thing I had a black bear hamster a couple years back that was so tame and sweet from the day i got it! Just recently i got another young black bear and hes very skitty and dosnt like to be handled at all. I found out that the first pet store i got the first black bear from are required to handle the hamsters as part of there daily care routine where as the one i just bought recently they dont handle them at all! just goes to show its not about the breed ! just imagine you where a tiny little thing and something 200X your size is coming at you to pick you up how would you react!! hehe so just be pataint it takes a little time to tame them but its worth it in the end sorry about the long post !! hope it helps some!!