My journey with hedgehogs began in 1997, when I was 20 years old. It started with one rescue, and evolved into a lifelong love!
I firmly believe that a good PET hedgehog is also a well bred hedgehog. Some people misinterpret that, but I mean for quality, health, and temperament reasons. Hedgehogs bred en masse with no regard to their health, dispositions, or pedigrees, might be "cheaper" in the short term, but don't always make good pets, and this can often lead to multiple health issues/frequent vet visits and shorter lifespans, or a hedgehog that no one wants to handle and gets ignored or rehomed. I have carefully chosen each of my hedgies from fantastic, ethical breeders, and they are all spoiled rotten, my actual pets, and in my house. Babies will be raised and spoiled around usual household noises; people, dogs, cats, tvs, vacuum cleaners, etc and handled daily once they are old enough, until they are ready to go home at the appropriate age/weight.
The hedgehogs at The Hedgehaus are all pedigreed to ensure health and no inbreeding, so you can be assured that your new baby will come from the healthiest lineage possible. We are a Supporting Breeder of The Hedgie List, which is a resource that helps breeders keep the most accurate information for their animals.
A bonus feature of my breeding program is color. Hedgehog colors are constantly evolving. Here is one of the first color guides I ever saw on the internet in the 90s. Colors have evolved dramatically since this was created, however, I still use this as my base reference guide. Here is an updated guide written by breeder Antigone Means of Hedgehog Valley. Not only have quill colors evolved, but facial markings and patterns are now totally phenomenal. We also take conformation into heavy consideration with our pairings. The Hedgehaus aims to bring you both style and substance.
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