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Hedgehogs are not the easiest of animals to raise in a captive breeding program. They are still considered exotics as they still have many of their original wild tendencies. If they do not receive the right conditions or if they are exposed to too many nutritional or environmental stresses, getting a female to raise a litter can be extremely difficult. Cannibalism is common and infant mortality can become a huge issue for many breeders. Getting an entire litter to survive to weaning age is quite challenging. This is possibly the main reason only a few select breeders have stayed in the hobby for as long as we have.
Age: Do what is right! Never purchase a baby Hedgehog that is younger than 7 weeks old. They are not properly weaned. Lots of people are under the impression that the younger the better but this is not the truth. All too often breeders who want to make a quick buck and cut down on their work load will tell people this is the best time to purchase a baby animal when this is simply, not a good idea. Taking an animal away from its’ mother too early or purchasing any animal before it has had the opportunity to wean properly and learn how to survive without their mothers is just WRONG. Besides your own desires you must always consider the needs of the animal first.
Hedgehogs start eating solid food at 4 weeks then slowly begin to wean off mom at 5 weeks. Mom stops nursing but still tends to and teaches them until they are 6 weeks and then by 7 weeks they are usually ready to leave. When they are younger than 7 weeks old they can have difficulties adjusting to a new move and many will often develop numerous types of behavioral issues. Some breeders let them go before they are 7 weeks but we do not! But then we are never in a hurry to sell any animal and therefore we seldom have any serious issues with our babies.
Baby animals and breeding age adults are usually a little higher in price. Newly weaned babies around 7-11 weeks of age are usually more in demand because this is the best age to purchase one if you are planning to raise it and keep it solely as a pet. Typically, babies have not yet had the time to form habits and are more adaptable than older animals.
Breeding age animals can sometimes cost a bit more than a baby animal because they have been kept back by the breeder to give him or her time to determine the quality of the animal before they decide to add it to their own breeding program. This costs the breeder more time and money but you can be rest assured that they have kept it back because they see breeding potential in this animal. Purchasing a breeding age animal certainly has its’ advantages to someone who is intending to breed but it will sometimes cost a bit more.
Gender: Quite often males are priced a little less than females. This is because breeders usually keep more females than males and reputable breeders seldom permit a female to be bred one to three times before it is replaced in their breeding program.
In our opinion, male hedgehogs often make better pets. They seem more outgoing and more free-spirited as they do not get quite as nest (cage) protective that most female Hedgehogs instinctively do.
Colour variety (rarity): After first considering health, body type and personality many breeders breed for the “cute factor”. This is possibly the most enjoyable and exciting part of the hobby. The more unusual the colour the harder it is to find and the more in demand they become by other breeders and pet hobbyists. Therefore, when you combine the demand and the rareness the result is usually that they are a little costlier. With hedgehogs, what is considered a rare colour now might only be rare and “in vogue” for a year or two because new colours are evolving all the time.
Breeding for specific colours is certainly interesting but it is not without it’s challenges. It is a matter of understanding colour genetics and the science behind genetics seems to be very confusing and overwhelming to a lot of hobbyists.
Availability: In Canada, winter tends to be the time of year when many people are indoors more often and have more time to commit to bonding with a new pet. A lot of people wait until this time of the year to purchase exotic pets. Typically, hedgehogs tend to breed and raise babies more often during the spring. Consequently, during the summer months there are more babies to choose from and the prices of hedgehogs may be a little lower. During the cooler months, when pets are more in demand is the time of year that many hedgehogs are simply not interested in raising a family. This causes a lot more work for the breeders who need to condition the environment and be available 24/7 in case something goes wrong. Consequently, there are fewer babies available and prices are slightly higher.
Breeder versus Pet quality: Most people who are thinking of getting a new Hedgehog are looking for a single pet. They are not interested in breeding so most breeders seldom bother to disclose that they have a couple of their best quality animals that they have been keeping back for themselves. These are usually the best breeder and "show" quality animals that they have. Therefore, if you are looking for a breeder quality animal it is always a good idea to be up front. Ask the breeder if he or she has any breeder / show quality animals they would recommend or consider selling to you, that would help you achieve your goals. Breeders take pride in their hobby and when they feel that someone will continue to appreciate their efforts, you’ll be surprised to learn just what other animals they might be willing to part with to the right person.
Breeder and show quality animals are usually a bit pricier but still reasonable. If you are dedicated to breeding then that slight increase in price is your investment and it will not likely be too much of an issue.
If you have been searching for a Hedgehog you may have noticed a wide price range. We have posted this Price Guide here to provide people who have been are thinking of getting a new pet hedgehog but want to plan their budget accordingly. It should give everyone a fairly good idea of what a person might expect to pay for a good ‘pet’ quality Hedgehog that is being purchased from a reputable breeder.
Of course, this price guide isn’t carved in stone! There will always be “deals” to be had from fly by night breeders and animal farmers and sometimes a few breeders might even charge a bit more than other breeders but overall these prices are consistent amongst dedicated and conscientious breeders.
Just a word of advice for people considering purchasing any pet…If it sounds like a deal then you may be inviting trouble.
Raising any animal and catering to their needs is not cheap! Providing them with constant care and without cutting corners is not cheap! Health care is not cheap! Considering the time, effort and money that a reputable breeder dedicates to the hobby the prices listed below are very reasonable.
The price guide below will give you a quick overview of the prices you might expect to pay for a Hedgehog. It is broken down by colour but remember that colour alone is not what is important when choosing a pet... Health, Husbandry and Personality comes first.
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To display the different colour patterns that Hedgehogs are available in we have chosen to use some of our darker colours of hedgehogs in the pictures below but almost every normal colour of Algerian (which is usually easily identified by a facial mask) or the White bellied varieties of Hedgehog can be born patterned i.e. snowflake, silver, white pinto split face etc.
Males $150.00 - $175.00 ... Females $175.00 - $200.00
Normal colours are those that many of us are already familiar with. These include colours that are commonly seen in the wild populations and a few of the other colour varieties that were selectively bred when Hedgehogs first started to be domesticated. Most of these normal colours can be found in both the Algerian or the White bellied varieties. Typically, they lack much shading and body markings.
Individuals can vary in colour from very light to dark. Normal colours include...
• (Dark) - Salt and Pepper, Dark Grey, Grey
• (Medium) - Brown, Chocolate, Cinnamon
• (Light) - Dark Cinnicot, Champagne, Dark Eyed Cinnicot
• (Very Light) - Ruby Eyed Cinnicot, Apricot, Pale Apricot
Male or Female prices start at $125.00-$200.00
but prices for Albinos are usually based on lineage so it is not uncommon to pay more than $200.00 for one.
Visually, all Albino Hedgehogs lack any noticeable true (body and eye) colour pigment. Albinism is not considered a true colour. The word albino is used to describe the lack of all colour. Albino animals mask other colours and colour patterns but the colours that they mask can be passed on to their offspring.
Albino should never be confused with white. A white Hedgehog is an actual colour that can usually be identified by the eye colour.
Albino animals can certainly be a huge asset to a breeder because when paired with the right mate they can certainly pass on a lot of colour clarity and depth of colour to their offspring; which is considered an asset in many breeding programs.
- SNOWFLAKE -
Males $175.00 - $200.00 & Females $200.00 - $225.00
A Hedgehog that is referred to as a "Snowflake or a Silver or a Charcoal or a Chocolate chip etc.. " all have coloured/banded normal quills mixed in with approximately 30% to 70% of white quills. This gives the appearance of having a light silver hue. Some people describe them as though they have been dusted with snow. Snowflakes are a little uncommon but they are not rare.
Although all hedgehogs change their colour slightly as they mature, Snowflakes change drastically as they mature and continue to change many times throughout their lives.
- SILVER -
Males $175.00 - $200.00 & Females $200.00 - $225.00
Both colour variations are quite striking but one may be more appealing to someone depending on their personal preference.
-WHITE and DOUBLE WHITES-
Males or Females start at $225.00
Commonly referred to as Black-eyed Whites. This group also includes Platinum coloured Hedgehogs. They are not very common but they are not quite as rare as they once were. This is a challenging colour to establish in a breeding program and therefore this variety could quickly disappear from the hobby if breeders switch their focus from this colour variety to another less challenging colour variety. We really enjoy working with these colours in our breeding program. Visually, they offer a lot of contrast and can be a good choice for people wanting something a little flashier.
As previously mentioned, good quality true Whites and Double Whites can be very challenging colours to reproduce therefore this part of the hobby is probably best left to established breeders who already have a fairly good comprehension of the hereditary influence and colour genes.
Pinto is not considered a true colour but rather a colour pattern. It is a spotting factor that can be found on any normal or snowflake colour of Hedgehog. These patches of white are void of colour. They can sometimes be masked by Albinism but when allowed to reproduce an albino Hedgehog can still pass this spotting gene on to the next generation. The amount of white markings on a pinto may vary in size from as little as dime size patches to as much as 90 % of the animals’ body being covered with white patches.
Pintos are quite stunning and a little unusual. They can be a little more challenging to produce in a breeding program. Pinto varieties are broken down into several descriptive categories which helps breeders identify and describe them to other hobbyists.
-REGULAR PINTO -
Male or Female $175.00 - $200.00
Most often when the amount of white spotting covers less than 25% of the animals’ body it is referred to as a regular or normal Pinto. These can be very cute as each one is unique which also makes them easily identifiable.
Male or Female $200.00 - $225.00
When the amount of white spotting covers more than 25% of its’ quills it is referred to a High White Pinto. High White Pinto patterned Hedgehogs are very striking and because the spotting is random. No two animals are the same. High White pinto are usually a bit more expensive than the price of regular colours. They are not as readily available and generate a lot more interest from people wanting a Hedgehog that is somewhat unique.
Males or Females start at $225.00
When the amount of white is greater then the amount of colour it creates the illusion that these are white hedgehogs with darker markings. This pattern is often referred to as a Reverse Pinto and it is quite rare. These are extremely difficult to produce and if you are lucky enough to find one they are especially helpful in a colour-breeding program for breeding High White pintos and Split Faces. We keep several reverse pintos in our split face colour breeding program.
- PINTO SNOWFLAKE -
Males & Females $200.00 - $250.00
These are Hedgehogs that carry both the Snowflake and the Pinto gene. As pets, they can be quite attractive. The effects of the Snowflake gene or the Pinto gene can vary a lot even amongst siblings but some look more like Snowflakes while others look more like Pintos. This colour variety of Hedgehog will most likely change colour from lighter to darker tones throughout its’ life.
These colours should/need to be included in foundation breeding stock for breeders wanting / hoping to produce Split Face Babies in their breeding program.
Whenever possible we use Reverse Pintos and Algerian H.W. Pintos bred to Algerian Snowflakes/Silvers or Platinum coloured hedgehogs with hopes of producing our good quality Pinto Snowflake and foundation stock for Split Faced Hedgehogs.
Without both parents carrying both the snowflake and the pinto genes Split faced babies are not likely ever going to be born in a litter.
Male or Female start at $225.00 depending on markings.
Depending on their markings, some breeders will use many cute descriptive names in an attempt to better describe them to other breeders or potential purchasers. These cute names include; Ringed or Raccoon eyes, Mottled faces, Half-masked, white face, fringed, etc. These are all pintos that carry a snowflake or dilute gene.
Every Split Face is unique in that they all have very unusual facial markings and body markings. They are extremely challenging to produce in a breeding program. Their patterns are very unpredictable, if you hope to produce really nicely marked babies, it will take careful planning when deciding on which two animals to pair with one another.
We enjoy working with Split Face. We typically breed double dilutes (Whites) that carry high white pinto genes bred to reverse pintos that carry the double dilute genes to produce some exceptionally marked babies. We have found that when these genes are combined the babies born have a lot of dark contrast and are quite flashy.
This colour pattern is currently the most sought after of all the hedgehogs that we raise but you will seldom see them posted on our website for longer than a day or so. Most are reserved long before they are even old enough to take pictures of.
at reduced prices
We do not breed any of our animals after they are 18 months old. They are offered for sale to pet homes while they are still young enough to make good pets. Depending on the individual animal, some are occasionally sold for 25-50 % less then you might expect to pay for the regular price of a baby of the equal colour.
Occasionally, some of our animals are retired after having just 1 litter. We often retire them if we have kept a baby back from them and therefore no longer need them in our breeding program. If this is the case, these are certainly young enough to continue breeding. They can add new bloodlines to compliment another breeders’ breeding program.
Males & Females $50.00 -$75.00
To us being a responsible breeder means that part of our responsibility includes being actively involved with offering sanctuary to animals in need. We often offer to take in animals and to provide care for them until a more permanent home can be found. When we feel that these animals are ready for new homes, they are offered to caregivers who can provide a permanent home for them for the rest of their lives.