Pygmy hedgehogs are becoming increasingly popular as pets, due to their small size, unique appearance, and generally docile temperament. These fascinating creatures have been domesticated over time and are now considered a common pet in many households. But what do you need to know before getting your very own pygmy hedgehog?
First, it is important to research the breed and understand the requirements for their care. Most Pygmy Hedgehogs have a lifespan of 3-7 years. Our own have all lived to be 6 years old. They were all rescues, so we are uncertain of their pedigree or owner history. Pygmy hedgehogs are nocturnal animals and need a quiet, temperature-controlled environment with plenty of hiding places. They also require a specialized diet and routine veterinary check-ups. Please note that a regular vet may not be qualified so it is important to find one that specialises in exotic pets.
Next, it's crucial to find a reputable breeder. While it may be tempting to purchase a hedgehog from a pet store, these animals are often from large-scale breeding facilities where conditions can be less than ideal. A reputable breeder, on the other hand, will prioritize the health and well-being of the hedgehogs in their care, and will be able to provide you with valuable information and support as a new pet parent.
When looking for a breeder, make sure to do your research. Look for breeders who have a strong reputation, provide proper health guarantees, and are open about their breeding and bonding practices. Additionally, it’s a good idea to visit the breeder in person and inspect their facilities before making a purchase. This will give you a chance to see the conditions in which the hedgehogs are kept and the overall environment they are raised in. Hedgehogs need to be taught bonding from an early age so make sure they are raised by a breeder that regularly handles and socialises their litter.
Finally, once you have chosen a breeder and found your new pet, it is important to provide proper care and continue to educate yourself on the best practices for keeping your hedgehog healthy and happy. With the right care, a pet pygmy hedgehog can be a wonderful companion for years to come.
Below is a link to a google sheet List of Pedigreed Hedgehog Breeders by State (2023) provided by Sonoran Desert Hedgehogs
Miss Sweet Lola
Rescued pregnant from an abandoned home on July 12, 2016 by Jess through the Hedgehog Welfare Society.
Estimated to be about 6 years of Age and passed over the rainbow bridge on May 1, 2021.
Loved wormies, paw strokes during snuggle sessions, and snoozing under her PocketPetPouch Snuggle bags instead of inside.