When you start to research hedgehog breeders in your area, you should ask them some questions to ensure that you will be working with a reputable breeder who will be able to provide you with a healthy, cared for hedgehog.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled this list of important questions to ask your hedgehog breeder, along with expected answers.
We’d suggest making a call to a few hedgehog breeders and asking these questions, and if you like their answers, to then go ahead and schedule an appointment to meet the hedgehogs. If the hedgehog breeder you are speaking to does not have an answer to any of these questions or sound hesitant or guarded, you may want to strongly considering choosing another breeder.
Q: What age can I pick up my hedgehog?
A: Between 6 to 11 weeks old.
Q: Do you offer a health guarantee?
A: All hedgehog breeders should offer you a health guarantee. The guarantee for health issues is typically a MINIMUM of 30 days, and up to 6 months, with the option to return your hedgehog for a full refund or for an alternate hedgehog. Keep in mind that many hedgehog breeders may not have a replacement pet on hand at the time of return, but in this case, they will typically offer you a new hedgehog from the next litter.
Q: Do you have a USDA hedgehog breeding license?
A: If the breeder is breeding on a professional basis (the rule for needing a license is if they have 3+ female hedgehogs), the answer should be “yes”. If the litter is the product of pets or they are not professional hedgehog breeders, they most likely will not have a license, however, make sure that the hedgehogs are not inbred and that they offer some sort of health guarantee in this case.
Q: Do the parents have any health issues, like wobbly leg syndrome?
A: The answer, of course, should be no! If the parents have any serious issues, be extremely cautious of purchasing from this breeder, as the issue may have been passed on to your new pet hedgehog.
Q: Do you have a return policy if the situation doesn’t work out?
A: Friendly breeders will often offer the option to return the hedgehog if this is the cases, however, most will not offer a refund.
Q: How often do you feed the hedgehogs and what do you feed them?
A: Hedgehog breeders will most likely feed the baby hedgehogs cat food, and they should be able to tell you the specifics so that you can feed your hedgehog the same thing, at least while they are adjusting to your home. They should be fed once every night.
Q: What kind of bedding do you use?
A: The answer should be either paper bedding or Aspen shavings, as any other type of bedding has the potential to kill the hedgehogs, especially other wood shavings that contain oils or dyes.